The Big Blue Nation fell asleep to a nightmare and woke up Friday morning realizing those dreams are unfortunately the reality. Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke has died at the age of 19, the school confirmed late Thursday evening.
Clarke, who entered the NBA Draft in March and just signed with an agent on Wednesday, died in a car wreck leaving a workout in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. His mother was by his side at the time of death.
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Thursday. “A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock. Terrence’s teammates and brothers loved him and are absolutely devastated. They know we are here for them for whatever they need.
“I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can. This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”
Clarke, a Boston, MA native, was just three months away from reaching his NBA dreams and walking across the stage at the draft.
“BBN, I hope to make you all proud as I pursue my dreams.” It was the last official statement Clarke made as a Wildcat.
Our hearts go out to Clarke’s family and loved ones at this time.
Kentucky volleyball advances to the national title game
The Kentucky women’s volleyball team is headed to the national championship for the first time in school history, defeating No. 6 Washington in four sets on Thursday. Falling behind early in the first set and losing the second, the Wildcats were able to mount a comeback of sorts and ultimately win three of four total sets to pull off the victory.
Avery Skinner led the way with 19 kills, followed by three players with 13 kills apiece in Madi Skinner, Ahzani Tealer and Alli Stumler. Setter Madison Lilley, who earned National Player of the Year honors earlier in the day, racked up an absurd 63 assists and added 14 kills, while libero Gabby Curry finished with 17 digs.
Kentucky advances to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night for the NCAA Volleyball National Championship. The match begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be shown live on ESPN2.
Coaching changes for men’s basketball
Kentucky staff members Tony Barbee and Joel Justus have officially moved on to new coaching adventures, as the former has accepted a head coaching position at Central Michigan, while the latter will join Bobby Hurley’s staff at Arizona State as the program’s top assistant and lead recruiter.
As for possible additions, Illinois assistant and former Kentucky staff member Orlando Antigua is being recruited by John Calipari and the Wildcats, while the Fighting Illini are doing their best to keep the valued assistant in Champaign. Sources tell KSR that Illinois has made Antigua a “substantial” counteroffer that would make him the highest paid assistant coach in college basketball.
If Kentucky matches, there’s a strong chance he decides to return to Lexington, where he spent five years with Calipari from 2009-14.
Two sources tell KSR that Illinois has made a “substantial” counteroffer to Orlando Antigua to keep him in Champaign
If Kentucky matches, he will likely end up in Lexington. The offer would make him the highest paid Assistant coach in College Basketball
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 22, 2021
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones and the gang will be live from 10 a.m. to noon. Tune in.