Donovan Clingan

Updated on 5/8/24.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 7-2
Weight: 265
College: Connecticut
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 2/23/2004

2024 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 6
Projected Draft Range: Lottery

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate low post scorer
Decent playmaker for his size
Solid rebounder
Very good defender
Great shot blocker
Above average athlete
Has good strength
Solid motor

Cons:

Must extend his shooting range
Needs to improve his face-up game
Must expand upon his low post moves
Can be too passive on offense
Can struggle to guard quicker players
Can struggle against length and athleticism
Lacks elite lateral quickness

Summary:

Donovan Clingan is a strong, physical center that can make plays to help his team on the interior. He’s played well as a per-minute big man on a very good Connecticut team, but he will need to improve his mobility, shooting range, and he will need to show that he can defend quicker players in a faster-paced environment. Currently, he projects to be a first round prospect for the 2024 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
ESPN’s Article from Kevin Pelton Mentions Clingan From His Stat-Based Projections
YouTube’s Highlights of the 3/17/23 UConn-Iona Game via House of Highlights
ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft, Dated June 24th, 2023

Games Scouted:
3/25/23 Connecticut vs. Gonzaga
4/3/23 Connecticut vs. San Diego State
11/19/23 Connecticut vs. Indiana
12/1/23 Connecticut vs. Kansas
12/15/23 Connecticut vs. Gonzaga
2/20/24 Connecticut vs. Creighton
4/6/24 Connecticut vs. Alabama
4/8/24 Connecticut vs. Purdue

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