The 19-year old Boston native declared himself for this year's NBA Draft after his freshman year at Kentucky this past season and it was announced that he had just signed with Klutch Sports management earlier this week.
"We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke," Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN. "He was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams. Our prayers go out to Terrence and his family, who ask for privacy during this difficult time."
"Very, very, very tough," Kemba Walker said when asked about Clarke. "Very tough news, man. He's a very, very good kid. Just always smiling, always energetic. And he was about to get his opportunity, too. My condolences to his family. It's a tough time, man. That's really tough news to hear."
"Tell your people you love them everyday!" Tatum wrote on his Instagram story, in reference to Clarke. "Was so proud of you lil bro wish we talked more! This one hurts rest easy king never forgotten praying for the family."
Players around the NBA and basketball world shared their thoughts on the tragic news of Clarke passing away such as Trae Young and his former coach John Calipari.
I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. I ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence Clarke and his family. May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/a1E1gysxxi pic.twitter.com/1unTygk4Tt— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 23, 2021
The accident occurred at 2:10 in the afternoon as Clarke was driving with Kentucky teammate Brandon Boston Jr. -- who survived the crash -- before colliding with another vehicle that was taking a left, he was transported to Northbridge Hospital and later being pronounced dead, per an LAPD spokesman.
"There's kids out here that play basketball [but are] never known because they never had the opportunity," Clarke said back in 2019. "I want to do a lot for the community, [be] the guy the younger kids to look up to and say, 'I want to be like him, or better.'"
Photo used courtesy of The Boston Globe