19-year-old Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke died on Thursday following a car accident in Los Angeles.
Wildcats coach John Calipari stated that he was gutted and felt sick from the news, calling the player a beautiful kid and someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy.
"We are all in shock," Calipari said. "I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can.
"This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace."
The 6-foot-7 guard entered the NBA draft last month after playing in just eight games last season because of a right leg injury. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.
On Wednesday, Clarke and former Kentucky teammate Brandon Boston Jr. signed with Klutch Sports Group.
Agency CEO Rich Paul announced on Twitter that they were saddened and devastated by Clarke's passing and called him "an incredibly hard-working young man".
From Boston, Clarke started Kentucky's first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on December 6.
The injury ultimately sidelined him for the entire Southeastern Conference regular-season schedule, though he returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State that ended a 9-16 season.
Premier Sports Network offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Terrence Clarke.
Author: Jake Wilkin