Terrence Clarke Tributes Paid by Boston Celtics, John Calipari, NBA Stars

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari, the Boston Celtics and several NBA players led the tributes for Terrence Clarke, who tragically lost his life on Thursday.

The 19-year-old, a freshman guard for the Wildcats last season, died in a car crash in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles after his vehicle ran a red light at around 2:10 p.m. PT (5:10 p.m. ET).

"The incident was captured on surveillance video," Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Matassa was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"He collided with another vehicle that was preparing to make a left-hand turn. He struck the vehicle, hit a street light pole and ultimately hit a block wall. He was transported to Northridge Hospital and was later pronounced deceased as a result of the collision."

Matassa added that Clarke wasn't "wearing his seatbelt properly" and was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The 19-year-old was declared for the upcoming NBA Draft last month and his death shocked the basketball world.

"We are devastated to learn of our own Terrence Clarke's tragic passing," the Kentucky Wildcats said in a statement released on Thursday night.

"Our hearts are heavy for Terrence, his family and all of us who loved him.

In a separate statement published on Twitter, Wildcats coach John Calipari said he had been left "gutted and sick" by the news of Clarke's death.

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

"Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy," he said in a statement.

"People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.

"Terrence's teammates and brothers loved him and are absolutely devastated. They know we are here for them for whatever they need."

Last month, upon confirming he would be entering this year's NBA Draft, Clarke announced he had signed with Klutch Sports, the company which serves as the agent for several NBA stars including LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

"We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. Terrence was an incredible, hard-working young man," Klutch Sports founder and CEO Rich Paul said.

"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."

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Tyrese Maxey, a former teammate of Clarke's at Kentucky, was among the NBA players paying tribute, along with Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young and Indiana Pacers guard Cassius Stanley.

My heart is extremely heavy right now! 🥺 HUG YOUR LOVED ONES! Prayers up to my man Terrence Clarke’s Family! ❤️ MUCH LOVE BRO! #riptclarke

— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) April 23, 2021

Rest In Peace Terrence Clarke 🙏🏽😢 absolutely devastating to say the least

— Cassius Stanley (@cassius_stanley) April 23, 2021

Former NBA star Jamal Crawford also offered his condolences, as did the NCAA, the University of North Carolina and the Boston Celtics—Clarke was born in Boston.

"Condolences to Terrence Clarke's family," the NBA franchise tweeted.

"He had a bright future ahead but had already made a huge impact off the court in the City of Boston."

Condolences to Terrence Clarke’s family. He had a bright future ahead but had already made a huge impact off the court in the City of Boston.

RIP TC 💚 pic.twitter.com/xsfL1KZg7n

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 23, 2021

The Tar Heels added: "Carolina Basketball would like to extend our condolences to the family of Terrence Clarke and Kentucky Basketball during this unimaginable tragedy."

Carolina Basketball would like to extend our condolences to the family of Terrence Clarke and Kentucky Basketball during this unimaginable tragedy.

— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) April 23, 2021

Clarke was ranked at No. 72 in ESPN's most recent analysis of the top-100 best prospects for this year's draft.

He finished his freshman season with the Wildcats averaging 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and two assists per game, while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. He played in the first seven games, before being sidelined by an ankle injury.

Clarke returned in time to feature in the SEC Tournament, which saw the Wildcats eliminated in the second round after losing 74-73 to Mississippi State. The loss capped a dismal season for Kentucky, which finished 9-16 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.

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Terrence Clarke #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second round game in the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, in Nashville, Tennessee. Clarke died in a car crash on Thursday. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images