Top NBA Prospect Dies in Car Accident
On Thursday, April 22nd, NBA Draft Prospect Terrence Clarke was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles, CA. Clarke was 19 years old.
Clark was believed to have just finished a workout with his teammate, BJ Boston, when the accident occured. Boston was in the car behind Clarke at the time of the crash. Boston was uninjured and was confirmed to be okay by one of his high school coaches.
According to a Los Angeles Police Sheriff, “(Clarke) was the only occupant in a vehicle that ran a red light going at a very high rate of speed. His vehicle collided with another preparing to turn left, hit a street light pole and then a block wall. He was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical and later pronounced dead.”
Clarke, a Boston native, played high school basketball for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Upon graduating in the spring of 2020, Clark was ranked the 10th best college basketball recruit in his class by ESPN and 247Sports. In the fall of 2019, he committed to playing college basketball at the University of Kentucky.
Clarke was sidelined for most of last season due to an injury. But managed to play in eight games with six starts. In short bursts, Clarke averaged nearly 7 points per game. This spring, he declared for the NBA draft and signed with Klutch Sports Agency only days before his fatal accident. Several NBA scouting experts believed Clarke would be drafted around the second round.
“I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can.” Said his college coach John Calipari. “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.”