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Jul 29, 2021, 7:52 PM | Updated: 7:58 pm
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Terrence Clarke #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives down court against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on December 19, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA paid tribute to the late Terrence Clarke, a presumptive pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, with a touching tribute.

The league held its annual 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, July 29.

Midway through the first round, NBA commissioner Adam Silver paid tribute to Clark and his family with a honorary selection. Silver called Clarke’s name and brought the late player’s family on stage.

The former Kentucky Wildcats guard passed away following a car accident in April. He was 19 years old.

Clarke was expected to be a pick during the 2021 NBA Draft.

Hours before the NBA Draft, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell recalled his time working out with Clarke and shared a pre-draft message.

“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,” Mitchell tweeted.

During his only season at Kentucky, Clarke averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

The NBA Draft is broadcast on ABC, ESPN, and NBA TV.

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