University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke has passed away after being involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, according to WKYT. He was 19 years old.
Per the report, Clarke and Kentucky teammate BJ Boston were leaving a workout when the accident occurred.
Clarke grew up in Dorchester, and played high school basketball at the Rivers School in Weston and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He committed to Kentucky in the fall of 2019, and played eight games for the Wildcats last year before a leg injury ended his season.
He also had his share of connections to the Celtics, too, going through workouts with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum back in 2019, and Clarke also made it known that he wanted to play for the Celtics after his collegiate career came to an end. Celtics coach Brad Stevens cut his postgame media availability short after finding out about Clarke’s tragic passing Thursday night.
“Not sure how much I want to talk about the game when you consider [that he’s] a Boston kid,” said Stevens. “Those kids are important to us here and even though I never met him, my son looks up to him. It’s hard to talk about a basketball game with even the idea that’s floating out there.”
Just last month, Clarke had declared for the NBA Draft. Yesterday, he signed with Klutch Sports, the agency that reps a number of prominent NBA players, including LeBron James.