NBA makes late Terrence Clarke an honorary draft pick

Terrence Clark, the NBA prospect killed in a car accident in April, was made an honorary pick at the NBA draft on Thursday.

During the first round, commissioner Adam Silver paused the selection event to honor Clarke, the 19-year-old Kentucky player who died in Los Angeles on April 22 as he prepared for the draft.

“His extraordinary talent, commitment and dedication to the game deserve to be recognized on this stage,” Silver said as he brought Clarke’s mother, sister and brother onto the stage as it made Clarke an honorary first-round pick.

“He was so ready for it, so excited,” his mother, Osmine, told ESPN after the selection was made. “It’s all he talked about, just going to the draft, like, ‘Mommy, am I ready for this? This is big.’ “