Terence Clarke, who died in a car accident on Thursday at the University of Los Angeles, recently joined an elite list of University of Kentucky basketball stars who have left the blue-blooded program. He was 19 years old.
The accident occurred just after 2 pm in the San Fernando Valley, when a vehicle going high on Winnetka Avenue drove a red light before hitting the car on Nordhoff Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Harvey Freeman Vibha said on Friday. said.
He said the driver of the car that crashed into the turning vehicle collided with a traffic signal device. The driver, who was not named by Mr. Freeman, but described as a 19-year-old male, was rushed to the hospital, where he died. The other driver did not report any injuries, Mr. Freeman said.
“I am completely sick and sick,” University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement Thursday night. “A young man whom we all love has just lost his life, one hopes with all his dreams and beyond.”
Kalipari said he was traveling to Los Angeles to live with Clarke’s family and provide assistance.
“Terence Clarke was a beautiful child, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy,” he said. “People gravitated to him, and it’s hard for all of us to understand him right now to hear that we’ve lost him. We’re all in shock.”
A shooting guard who was one of the top recruits in the country last year, Clarke started his freshman season in the Calipari for the Wildcats, but was sidelined with injuries during Southeastern Conference play.
Last month, the Boston native decided an anomaly for the Stoyard basketball program, after withdrawing his remaining eligibility and missing the NCAA Tournament by the University of Kentucky.
The day after Clark’s death he and Brandon Boston Jr., their Wildcats teammate, Signed with Clutch Sports Group, Which leads Rich Paul, an influential sports agent who represents LeBron James and several marquee players.
“He was an incredible, hard-working youth,” Paul said of Clarke in a statement Thursday night. “He was excited for what lay ahead of him and was ready to fulfill his dreams.”
Tributes to Clarke spread the word of his death on social media on Thursday night, including Lakers star James, who Posted a picture of Clarke on Instagram.
“REST IN PARADISE NEPHEW !!!” James wrote.
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics star, was at a loss for words when asked Clarke’s death During the post game news conference.
“There’s a lot of hard news,” Walker said. “He is a very good kid, just always smiling, always energetic. He was also about to get his opportunity.
At 6 feet 7 inches, Clark was one of the highest-grade shooting guards in the nation and starred for Brewster Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. He chose the University of Kentucky over Texas Tech, UCLA, Duke, Memphis University and Boston College according to him. Biography on the Wildcats website.
He was hampered by a right leg injury that limited him to just eight games as a freshman.
According to the University of Kentucky, Clarke is survived by his parents and three siblings.
“Terence was a young man who was so full of life and so full of promise,” University athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. “We grieve and grieve with his family, his friends and his comrades and coaches, and our prayers are with all of them in this unimaginable loss.”
Jassi Fortin Contributed to reporting.