Terrence Clarke, who just lately joined an elite record of College of Kentucky basketball stars who’ve left the blue-blooded program early to pursue desires of enjoying within the N.B.A., was killed in a automotive accident on Thursday in Los Angeles, the college stated. He was 19.
The crash passed off shortly after 2 p.m. northwest of downtown when a car turning onto Nordhoff Avenue was broadsided by one other automotive that had been touring on Winnetka Avenue and had run a purple mild, Officer William Cooper, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Division, stated Thursday evening.
He stated that the motive force of the automotive that was broadsided, whom he couldn’t determine, had later died from accidents sustained within the crash. Further particulars on the accident weren’t instantly obtainable.
“I’m completely gutted and sick tonight,” John Calipari, the College of Kentucky head coach, stated in a press release on Thursday evening. “A youngster who all of us love has simply misplaced his life too quickly, one with all of his desires and hopes forward of him.”
Calipari stated he was touring to Los Angeles to be with Clarke’s household and supply help.
“Terrence Clarke was a gorgeous child, somebody who owned the room along with his character, smile and pleasure,” he stated. “Individuals gravitated to him, and to listen to we’ve misplaced him is simply laborious for all of us to understand proper now. We’re all in shock.”
A taking pictures guard who final 12 months was one of many prime recruits within the nation, Clarke shined early in his freshman season for the Wildcats underneath Calipari however had been sidelined by accidents throughout Southeastern Convention play.
Final month, the Boston native determined to forgo his remaining eligibility and switch professional after the College of Kentucky missed the N.C.A.A. Match, an anomaly for the storied basketball program.