Celtics players share tributes to Terrence Clarke, push for him to be honorary NBA Draft pick


Thursday night was a heartbreaking one for the basketball community, especially around Boston and the University of Kentucky.

Terrence Clarke, a Dorchester native who declared for the NBA Draft last month after his freshman season at Kentucky, died following a car accident in Los Angeles at the age of 19.

The Celtics found out about the devastating news just after their win over the Suns, and the tributes began pouring in over the next several hours.

Clarke had trained with Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the past. Kemba Walker said after the game that he knew Clarke well. Coach Brad Stevens said his son was a fan of Clarke's.

"Very tough news," Walker said. "He's a very good kid, just always smiling, always energetic. And he was about to get his opportunity, too. My condolences to his family. It's a tough time, man. That's really tough news to hear. I don't even know what to say. It's kind of tough, kind of mind-boggling to hear something like that."

"Tell your people you love them everyday!," Tatum posted to Instagram. "Was so proud of you lil bro wish we talked more! This one hurts rest easy king never forgotten praying for the family"

Brown also shared a photo of himself with Clarke and a message of love, while also pushing for the NBA to make Clarke an honorary draft pick this year. There is precedent for that, as the league did it in 2014 for Isaiah Austin, whose career was derailed just before the draft when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.

"Words can’t even explain fr what I hate the most the world didn’t even get to see how much potential you really had I hate you left with that on you @nba let my lil bro name get called this year we need that," Brown wrote.

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