Former Rivers and Brewster basketball standout Terrence Clarke dies in Los Angeles car accident

Former Rivers School and Brewster Academy basketball standout Terrence Clarke, 19, died in a car accident in Los Angeles Thursday, according to reports.

Less than 24 hours after signing a professional contract with Klutch Sports, Clarke, who grew up in Boston, was working out in Los Angeles with college teammate Brandon Boston. After leaving the facility, Clarke was involved in a crash and sources reported he died on the way to the hospital.

Clarke began his high school career at Rivers before transferring to powerhouse Brewster. The 6-foot-7 guard became one of the top recruits in the country, ranked as high as third by one scouting service.

Clarke committed to Kentucky in September 2019, making the announcement at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury, where he spent countless hours as a youngster.

“Kentucky was one of the best schools for me and I could get better every day there,” Clarke said that day. “This is surreal. I can’t believe I’m doing it right now. I was dreaming about this since I was young.”

Clarke battled through an injury and played in just eight games. He averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and a pair of assists a game for a Kentucky team which struggled through a 9-16 season. Shortly after the season, Clarke declared for the NBA Draft.

“After discussing it with my family, I have decided to renounce my eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft,” Clarke said of his decision. “I had high expectations coming into this season and, of course, didn’t expect to be injured, which I understand is part of the game. Thank you to Coach (John) Cal(ipari), the coaching staff and my teammates. (Big Blue Nation), I hope to make you all proud as a I pursue my dreams.”

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