UK Freshman Terrence Clarke Killed in Auto Accident
We've received devastating news from the University of Kentucky basketball program regarding one of its freshmen.
19-year-old Terrence Clarke was killed in a car accident Thursday and, according to WKYT-Lexington, it happened after he and fellow UK freshman Brandon Boston Jr. (BJ) left a workout in Los Angeles.
Clarke committed to Kentucky back in 2019 as a five-star recruit but, because of a leg injury, wound up only playing in eight games during UK's 2020-2021 season.
Boston and Clarke were traveling in separate vehicles, with Boston driving behind Clarke at the time of the accident. Clarke died en route to the hospital; Boston was not injured.
Terrence Clarke averaged 9.6 points per each of the 28 games he played at UK. He connected on 42% of his shots while pulling down 2.6 rebounds per contest.
Despite the 2020-21 season being one of the worst in Kentucky's history--the Wildcats finished 9-16--multiple players declared for the NBA Draft, including Clarke and Boston.
And, in fact, Clarke had foregone his eligibility just yesterday when he signed with an agency.
Reaction to the tragedy came swiftly on Twitter. UK head coach John Calipari posted this message:
Kentucky Sports Radio host and creator Matt Jones offered this special wish for BJ Boston:
Since Clarke was a native of Boston, there was somewhat of a connection to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, as well:
No further details about the accident are available at this time.