Ex-Kentucky guard Clarke, 19, killed in car crash

Terrence Clarke, a freshman guard for the Kentucky Wildcats this past season, died following a car accident in the Los Angeles-area on Thursday afternoon, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Clarke’s mother was at his side when he died. He was 19 years old.

“We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke,” Paul told ESPN in a statement. “Terrence 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.”

Clarke announced last month that he was entering this year’s NBA draft and he had signed with the agency Klutch Sports.

This past season, Clarke played in the first seven games for the Wildcats but was sidelined with an ankle injury that kept him out until the season finale against South Carolina. He finished the year averaging 9.6 points.

“As an adolescent, having the privilege to put on the Kentucky uniform and play in front of the BBN was always a lifelong goal of mine,” Clarke said in a statement on social media last month. “Although it was hindered due to things out of my own control, the experience is something I will keep with me forever. I have grown a lot with this experience and I will never take it for granted.”

A former five-star prospect from Boston, Clarke was a projected lottery pick entering the season. He is listed at No. 72 in the most recent version of ESPN’s top 100 best available prospects for the draft.

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