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University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke killed in car crash

In March, Clarke announced that he was pursuing his dreams of playing in the NBA

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Brewster Academy's Terrence Clarke #5 is seen against Westtown School during a high school basketball game on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the Bronx, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

The sports community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Terrence Clarke, who died Thursday after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles. 

According to the University of Kentucky Athletics Department, Clarke recently finished his freshman year at the school and he was preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft after signing with Klutch Sports

According to WKYT, the Los Angeles Police Department said he was traveling at a high rate of speed before running a red light and crashing. They also allege he was not wearing his seatbelt properly. 

University of Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari said Clarke was loved. “I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.”

Calipari also said he would be traveling to Los Angeles with Clarke’s family.

“I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can. This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”

In March, Clarke announced that he was pursuing his dreams of playing in the NBA. 

Despite an injury that took him out for most of the 2020-2021 season, he remained a star on the court. 

Standing at 6-foot-7-inches tall, he signed with the University of Kentucky as a five-star prospect from Boston, Massachusetts. 

He was the 2020 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year and he led his high school, Brewster Academy, to the 2019 National Prep Championships. 

Clarke is survived by his parents, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs and three siblings, Tatyana, Gavin and Madison. 

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