The NBA paid tribute to late faculty basketball standout Terrence Clarke with an emotional gesture throughout its annual draft.

In the course of the occasion that happened on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 29, NBA commissioner Adam Silver took a pause earlier than asserting the fifteenth choose and chosen Terrence with an honorary choose. Terrence was simply 19 years outdated when he passed away in April following a automotive crash in Los Angeles. A month previous to the accident, he had entered the NBA draft after finishing his freshman season on the College of Kentucky.

“His extraordinary expertise, dedication and dedication to the sport should be acknowledged on this stage,” Adam said from the rostrum. “It’s my honor to now announce that, with the following choose within the 2021 NBA draft, the NBA selects Terrence Clarke from the College of Kentucky.”

The commissioner welcomed Terrence’s mom and two siblings onto the stage, with the athlete’s mom particularly getting fairly emotional. Adam advised Terrence’s family members that the late participant “will endlessly be a part of the NBA household.”