Terrence Clarke

Terrence Clarke
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Clarke with Brewster Academy in 2020
Personal information
Born(2001-09-06)September 6, 2001
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedApril 22, 2021(2021-04-22) (aged 19)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKentucky (2020–2021)
Career highlights and awards

Terrence Adrian Clarke (September 6, 2001 – April 22, 2021) was an American college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[1] He began his high school career at Rivers School before transferring to Brewster Academy, where his team won the 2019 National Prep Championships. Named a McDonald's All-American, Clarke was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best shooting guards in the 2020 class. He played one season in college for Kentucky before declaring for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.

Clarke died in a car crash at age 19 in Los Angeles, California, three months before the draft. In the 2021 NBA draft, he was named an honorary selection by the league.[2]

Early life and high school career

Terrence Clarke was born on September 6, 2001,[3] at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, to Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs.[4] He originally attended Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts, before he transferred to Brewster Academy after his freshman season. At Rivers, he was named to the all-New England Preparatory School Athletic Council class B team.[5][6] At Brewster, he won the 2019 National Prep Championships.[4] As a senior, Clarke averaged 18.3 points per game with 5.8 rebounds per game and three assists per game as Brewster finished with a 34–3 record before COVID-19 pandemic ended the National Prep finals.[4][7] Clarke was selected for the McDonald's All-American Game, an all-star boys' basketball game which comprises many of the top-ranked American and Canadian high school basketball graduates played the same day as a counterpart girls' game,[8] and was selected as a Sports Illustrated third-team All American, a team composed of the third-best boys high school senior players in the United States.[7]

Rivals, ESPN, and 247Sports all evaluated Clarke as a five-star prospect, with Rivals and 247Sports ranking him as the eighth-best player, and ESPN as the tenth-best player in the 2020 class.[9][10][11] On September 14, 2019, Clarke announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky over offers from Boston College, Duke, Memphis, Texas Tech, and UCLA. He also announced that he was reclassifying to the class of 2020.[12] Clarke was ranked as the number two player in the 2021 class before reclassifying according to ESPN.

College career

In his college debut on November 25, 2020, Clarke posted 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an 81–45 win over Morehead State.[13] Due to a right leg injury,[4] he was limited to eight games during the season, seven in non-conference play and one in the SEC Tournament, making six starts and averaging 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and two assists per game.[14] Clarke scored a career-high 22 points against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on December 6, 2020.[4] He finished his collegiate career with seventy-seven points over 229 minutes played.[14] On March 19, 2021, Clarke announced that he would forgo his remaining college eligibility and declare for the 2021 NBA draft.[15] One day prior to his death, Clarke signed with Klutch Sports Group.[16]

Personal life and death

Clarke was a communication major at the University of Kentucky. He had three siblings: Tatyana, Gavin, and Madison.[4]

Following a workout with teammate Brandon Boston Jr., Clarke died on April 22, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, after being involved in a traffic collision.[17] The Los Angeles Police Department stated that Clarke was driving at a high speed when he ran a red light, hitting a car that was turning left and then hit a pole and block wall.[18] He was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 without wearing his seat belt properly.[17] He was 19 years old.[19]

On July 29, 2021, between the 14th and 15th picks of the 2021 NBA draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Clarke a ceremonial pick, fulfilling his dream of being drafted to the NBA. Clarke's mother Osmine, brother Gavin, and sister Tatyana accepted on his behalf.[20]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2020–21 Kentucky 8 6 28.6 .421 .217 .471 2.6 2.0 .6 .1 9.6


  1. ^ Kyle Boone (April 23, 2021). "Kentucky's Terrence Clarke, 19, dies after car accident in Los Angeles while preparing for NBA Draft". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "NBA selects late Kentucky guard Clarke with pick". ESPN.com. July 30, 2021. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Tipton, Jerry (April 23, 2021). "Terrence Clarke, Kentucky hoops standout and NBA draft prospect, dies in car crash at age 19". Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Terrence Clark". Kentucky Wildcats. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Wright, P. J. (July 31, 2018). "Five-star basketball recruit Terrence Clark transfers to Brewster Academy". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ "NEPSAC" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Jordan, Jason (April 1, 2020). "SI All-American Terrence Clarke Highlights". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ McGuire, Sean T. (January 23, 2020). "Boston's Terrence Clarke Earns Trip To McDonald's All-American Game". NESN.
  9. ^ "Terrence Clarke". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "Terrence Clarke". ESPN. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Terrence Clarke". 247Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Daniels, Evan (September 14, 2019). "5-star Terrence Clarke commits to Kentucky, reclassifies to 2020". 247Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Story, Mark (November 25, 2020). "Five things you need to know from Kentucky's 81–45 win over Morehead State". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Terrence Clarke". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "UK guard Terrence Clarke declares for draft, forgoes remaining eligibility". WKYT. March 19, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  16. ^ Vigdor, Neil (April 22, 2021). "Terrence Clarke, N.B.A. Prospect from University of Kentucky, Is Killed in Crash". The New York Times.
  17. ^ a b "Sources: UK men's basketball player Terrence Clarke dies in Los Angeles". WKYT. April 22, 2021.
  18. ^ "Ex-Kentucky guard Clarke, 19, dies after crash". ESPN.com. April 23, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  19. ^ Martin, Jill (April 23, 2021). "Terrence Clarke, Kentucky basketball player and NBA prospect, has died following a car accident in LA". CNN.
  20. ^ Orris, Evan (July 29, 2021). "Video: NBA drafts late Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke". New York Post.

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