NBA honors Terrence Clarke's memory on the night he would have been drafted

The NBA draft is typically a joyful night, but the absence of Kentucky's Terrence Clarke couldn't be ignored. Clarke tragically died in April after a car accident, and his presence was sorely missed on Thursday night. 

Commissioner Adam Silver took a moment during the draft to honor Clarke's memory, and ceremonially draft him into the NBA. Silver invited his mother, sister, and brother on stage to share the moment. Clarke's mother was weeping throughout, still grieving the loss of her son. 

With the next pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the NBA selects Terrence Clarke from the University of Kentucky. #LLTC5 πŸ’™πŸ€

β€” NBA (@NBA) July 30, 2021

Clarke's teammates, friends, fans, and even his coach spent time honoring him on social media throughout the day leading up to the draft. 

I want to take a moment to remind everyone that this would have been Terrence Clarke’s big night as well. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, his mom, Osmine, and their family. I can only imagine how wide that smile of his would have been hearing his name called.

β€” John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 29, 2021

This would have been your big night, @terrenceclarke_. We haven’t forgotten that bright smile of yours and we will never forget it. #LLTC5 πŸ’™ πŸ’™ πŸ’™

β€” Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 29, 2021

Fly high 5, you're an @NBADraft pick.

We love you, Terrence. #LLTC5 πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

β€” Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 30, 2021

We are proud to hear Terrence’s name called tonight. His dream was to be here and we will always honor and remember him.

β€” Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 30, 2021

You should’ve been here bro!! I saw the countless hours and time you put into this game! Now your up there hoopin in Gods gym! I love you my boy Rest In Paradise πŸ•ŠπŸ’™

β€” Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 29, 2021

Rest In Peace, TC5οΈβƒ£πŸ•ŠοΈ

You represented your city proudly and will forever be a part of the NBA family.

β€” Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 30, 2021

TC πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ–€

β€” Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 30, 2021

The @NBA i respect y’all for that! His family will forever appreciate this moment πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

β€” R.HollisJefferson (@IAmCHAP24) July 30, 2021


β€” Mo Bamba (@TheRealMoBamba) July 30, 2021

That’s why we dream about and love the @NBA πŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏ#terrenceclarke

β€” Thon Maker β„’ (@ThonMaker14) July 30, 2021


β€” Eric Paschall (@epaschall) July 30, 2021

Fighting these tears back man, RIP TC5πŸ•ŠπŸ’œ Thank you @NBA

β€” Nassir Little (@2ez_nassie) July 30, 2021

RIP T ClarkeπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

β€” miye (@PrinceOni13) July 30, 2021

You made it! I know you up there smiling right now lil bro. Shoutout to the @NBA . Special moment! LLTC5πŸ’™πŸ™πŸΎ

β€” Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando) July 30, 2021

#LLTC5 πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’«πŸ€žπŸΎ

β€” Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) July 30, 2021

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