LOS ANGELES — College of Kentucky freshman basketball player Terrence Clarke, who was planning for this year’s NBA draft, died Thursday in a car or truck crash, the university reported.

Clarke, 19, was a gifted prospect with a bright future, the school’s athletics division explained.

Kentucky head mentor John Calipari stated, “I am completely gutted and sick tonight.”

Calipari reported he was headed to Los Angeles to be with Clarke’s mom and brother.

The crash with yet another vehicle happened Thursday afternoon in the San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles Police Section spokesperson reported.

Two regulation enforcement resources familiar with the investigation reported Clarke was traveling at a superior level of pace and ran a red mild. There were being no other accidents reported, the LAPD spokesperson claimed.

“A youthful particular person who we all appreciate has just shed his life much too shortly, just one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him,” Calipari reported in a assertion. “Terrence Clarke was a gorgeous kid, somebody who owned the area with his persona, smile and pleasure.”

“Persons gravitated to him, and to hear we have dropped him is just challenging for all of us to understand ideal now,” he said. “We are all in shock.”

Clarke was a 6-foot-7 guard. He announced in March that he was declaring for this year’s NBA draft and reported it experienced been a lifelong goal to play prior to the “Huge Blue Nation,” as the university’s fan base is recognized.

“I experienced superior expectations coming into this period and, of program, didn’t count on to be injured, which I realize is section of the video game,” he wrote in a statement. “Thank you to Coach Cal, the coaching workers and my teammates! BBN, I hope to make you all happy as I pursue my desires.”

He was from Boston and signed with Kentucky in 2020. The university reported he was one of the prime prospective buyers from the whole year’s substantial faculty course.

The Boston Celtics tweeted their condolences to Clarke’s family members.

“He had a vivid long term in advance but had already made a massive effect off the courtroom in the Town of Boston,” the staff wrote.

Celtics mentor Brad Stevens mentioned he heard about Clarke’s dying just after Boston’s gain against Phoenix Thursday.

“It truly is challenging to talk about a basketball game.” Stevens reported, introducing that his son looked up to Clarke.

Clarke commenced Kentucky’s 1st six games and was a single of its leading scorers, highlighted by a job-greatest 22 factors in a reduction to Georgia Tech on Dec. 6.He suffered a ideal leg injury and was restricted to eight video games over-all in his period with Kentucky.

He is survived by his mother and father, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and his three siblings, Tatyana Grey, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne, the college explained.

The Connected Press contributed.