Terrence Clarke was projected to be one of the rising young selections of the 2021 NBA Draft but unfortunately,y he was tragically killed in an automobile accident earlier this year. During the 2021 NBA Draft, Clarke was made an honorary draft selection in one of the most emotional moments we’ve seen in sports all year.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Clarke, a member of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program, an honorary draftee between the 14th and 15th picks of the draft. Clarke’s mother and his two siblings were in attendance during the selection. Osmine Clarke, with tears streaming down her face, embraced Silver after he made the selection and gave glowing words in honor of Clarke.
ESPN spoke with Ms. Clarke after the selection was made, and again, more of that raw and unfiltered emotion poured through. Ms. Clarke explained that her son had designs of going into the league and his mother’s encouragement put the battery in his back.
“It’s all he talked about, just going to the draft, like, ‘Mommy, am I ready for this? This is big.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, Terrence, you wouldn’t be in this position if you didn’t, if people didn’t think you were this good,” Ms. Clarke said to the sports network.
Kentucky Basketball showed appreciation for the special moment via social media, including Wildcats coach John Calipari and the Boston Celtics among others.
That was a classy move from the NBA to salute Terrence Clarke in grand fashion.