‘Classy Move’: Ja Morant and Others React to NBA Honoring Former Kentucky Wildcats Star Terrence Clarke at 2021 NBA Draft

Published 07/29/2021, 10:15 PM EDT
Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver honors deceased Kentucky player Terrence Clarke during the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A Draft Night is any coach’s top night. The same goes for the University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari. However, this year he will have some bittersweet memories, because of the passing of Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke. But the NBA did its part with a beautiful tribute to Clarke during the Draft night, announcing him as the honorary pick, and the NBA Twitter world can’t help but cry a river for the young star.

The basketball world was shaken after the news of Terrence Clarke, a 19-year-old NBA draft prospect who died in a horrible car accident in April. In fact, he had just signed with sports agent Klutch Sports and had just finished his one-year stint with Kentucky, while preparing for the Draft Night that just took place.

For any aspiring basketball player, getting drafted into the NBA is a dream come true. Although Clarke wasn’t here, the NBA honored his memory by making him an honorary draft pick.

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This may seem meaningless to some, but when Gianna Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash along with her teammates, the WNBA did the same. And it means the world to families to see their wishes come true one way or another. Here is what the world of basketball feels about this incredible gesture.

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What happened to Terrence Clarke?

As per WKYT, Clarke was just leaving from a basketball workout in LA with his teammate BJ Boston. But both of them had left from the place in two different vehicles, with Boston right behind him.

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They revealed, ” Los Angeles Police Department said Clarke was traveling at a high rate of speed. Clarke reportedly ran a red light and hit a car that was making a left turn. Clarke’s car continued on, hitting a pole and a wall. He was taken to Northridge Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver honors deceased Kentucky player Terrence Clarke during the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A player who could have been a star in the NBA was taken too soon. However, he is, unfortunately, one of many that might be gone but will never be forgotten.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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