The loss of young potential seldom makes sense and is always sad, especially in the case of Toronto college basketball player Shanice Clark.
The 21-year-old, who was raised by a single mother before moving on to eventually play hoops and study at California University of Pennsylvania, died suddenly on Sunday morning in her residence room. A preliminary medicat report indicated that Clark, a senior who was having a redshirt season, might have choked on a piece of chewing gum after falling asleep.
Basketball teams, due to having smaller rosters than in other sports, tend to have a dynamic where everyone is constantly together. Making that works relies on having people who can keep the mood light — a quality that goes a long way in life, too — and Clark was said to have that gift.
Scratch a Canadian who can handle all the adjustments to competing in the NCAA, while also being a student-athlete, and typically you’ll find a very determined person. Clark, who aspired toward a career in broadcasting, will surely be missed. The former star at Toronto’s Cederbrae Collegeiate is survived by her mother, Kashaeka Fearon, and one sister.
A moment of silence before high school, college and university games in the Toronto area this week might be in store. There’s likely to be someone in each game who is close to someone who was close to Shanice Clark.