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Blazers, NBA world react to the tragic death of Kentucky's Terrence Clarke originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
The basketball world was rocked on Thursday when news broke late in the afternoon that 2021 NBA draft prospect and Kentucky basketball star Terrence Clarke had tragically passed away.
According to reports, Clarke,19, was involved in a deadly traffic accident in Los Angeles where he was preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft.
Clarke, who was projected as a second-round pick, played eight games for Kentucky last season while battling injuries. Despite his limited time, he showed a ton of promise averaging 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 per game.
In a press release from the University of Kentucky, head coach John Calipari said "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."
Clarke declared for the 2021 draft following the end of the college basketball season and quickly signed with Klutch Sports.
Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN on Thursday, “We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. He was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams..."
News of Clarke's passing hit the NBA world hard, with many players around the league sending their thoughts and prayers to Clarke's family via social media.
Rest easy, Terrence. You willl be missed.