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Donovan Mitchell, NBA world mourn death of former Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke

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In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, Kentucky’s Terrence Clarke brings the ball up during the second half of the team’s NCAA basketball game against Kansas in Indianapolis. Kentucky says freshman guard Clarke died following a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 19. The school announced Clarke’s death in a release Thursday night, April 22, 20221, but did not include any more details.

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On Thursday, former high school basketball phenom Terrence Clarke, who played one season for the Kentucky Wildcats and had declared for the 2021 NBA draft, died in a car accident following a workout in Los Angeles.

Throughout the rest of the day, condolences and tributes poured in on social media from throughout the basketball world. One of the more prominent people to say something was Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.

Although separated by age, they both attended New Hampshire’s Brewster Academy, one of the top prep basketball programs in the country, and then played collegiately in Kentucky (Mitchell went to Louisville).

On both Twitter and Instagram, Mitchell shared a clip of a SLAM documentary about Clarke in which Mitchell made an appearance.

Clarke was a native of Boston, and Celtics All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown expressed thoughts on Instagram, with Brown joining a large number of people who want to see the NBA make Clarke an honorary draft pick this summer.


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Others to express condolences from the NBA included stars such as former Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.