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Terrence Clarke’s mother says Kentucky is ‘Will Smith’ while Duke is ‘Carlton Banks’

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Screenshot via NBC

2020 five-star guard and No. 4 overall prospect Terrence Clarke broke John Calipari’s five-year streak of missing out on top-five recruits when he announced his commitment to Kentucky in September.

And by the looks of things, the Wildcats got a darn good one both on and off the floor.

We all know what the 6-foot-7, 190-pound guard can do on the court. With elite scoring ability and athleticism, it’s no surprise that Clarke is seen as one of the best prospects in all of high school basketball.

In a “Day in the Life” documentary released by Slam Online on Thursday evening, though, we also learned that both Clarke and his family will almost certainly be fan-favorites when he gets to Lexington.

The documentary showcases Clarke’s tireless work ethic, fun-loving demeanor, and his passion for the game of basketball. But tucked in the very end of the video was an interaction between Clarke and his mother, Osmine Clarke, with the two talking about the five-star guard’s decision to commit to Kentucky.

At first, Clarke’s mother actually wanted her son to go to Duke before realizing the Boston, MA product just wasn’t “a Duke kid.”

“I really wanted him to go to Duke,” she said. “But then I thought about it and I was like, “Oh no, he’s not a Duke kid. He is more a Kentucky kid.”‘

She then compared the situation to two famous characters from the popular 90s NBC sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

“You know how, like, Carlton Banks is more like a “Duke,”‘ Osmine Clarke continued. “But you’re more rough around the edges, like a “Kentucky.” You’re like Will Smith. That’s how I figured [Kentucky] would be perfect for you.”

“Ooooh, she’s got some [good points], yeah,” Clarke responded.

The five-star Kentucky commit then went in-depth about his decision to attend the University of Kentucky and why he thought it was the best fit for him.

“Coach Cal said I could be one of the best players to come out of [Kentucky] if I put in the work,” Clarke said. “That’s one of the main things I want to do. I want to go out there and put in the work, earn what I want to get. Earn my respect basically, get to the next level.”

Check out the hilarious exchange below:

While you’re at it, check out the entire SLAM documentary on Clarke here:

Duke is now officially considered the “Carlton Banks” of college basketball. Always and forever.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 responses to “Terrence Clarke’s mother says Kentucky is ‘Will Smith’ while Duke is ‘Carlton Banks’”

  1. ColoradoCatFan88

    Hahaha that’s such a spot on analogy! I’m dying

  2. UKFaninCO

    That right there is funny!

  3. UKFanSC

    I’m gonna like that lady…..she’s gonna fit right in !!

  4. Dark Soul

    She nailed it. Poor Cunningham. Oklahoma state is like a show that never got picked up

  5. IrishCat

    I love her.

  6. BlueSteel

    That documentary was awesome!!! BBN is going to love this kid! Fantastic energy! He is the type of person that Cal just seems to continue to get!!

  7. clarks

    The ok st will be the show on for one season and off air

  8. Ridge Runner

    We have got to get her on KSR! Awesome comment of the year!!

  9. Bruce Dickinson

    I always thought duke was more like Frank Burns and Kentucky was Hawkeye.

    1. UKFanSC


  10. 4everUKBlue

    Ha ha, that’s perfect.

  11. yoshukai

    I always wondered how Carltons family got that that nice house in an upscale neighborhood. Explains a lot .

  12. Good Times

    Mrs. Clarke, I know you’ll likely never see this, but this gave me the biggest laugh I’ve had in days. Spot on comparison. I cannot wait to see and hear more from your family when you arrive in Lex. 🙂

  13. 4everUKBlue

    Even the Carlton dance is not as weird as that twinkles toes dUKe dance Grayson Allen was leading the team in.

  14. bigblueDTD

    This kid will be a scoring machine

  15. michaelb

    Hilarious analogy


    Brilliant. Welcome to La Familia!

    1. RG7D3

      No way!!! Carlton was so clean cut & Duke is dirty, dirty! Plus, no one hated Carlton and EVERYONE hates Duke!