UConn’s Donovan Clingan to Enter 2024 NBA Draft After Back-to-Back College Titles


After a dominant college career, UConn center Donovan Clingan is headed to the next level.

Clingan is entering the 2024 NBA draft, the big man from Bristol, Conn., told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Friday afternoon. The announcement comes four days after the Huskies’ 75–60 demolition of Purdue in the national championship for their second straight crown.

Both of coach Dan Hurley’s championship teams featured Clingan, who averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 2023 and 13 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in ’24.

Though he showed promise as a freshman—the Big East named Clingan to its All-Freshman team in ’23—he truly broke out in ’24, particularly late in the season.

Clingan tallied two double-doubles in the NCAA tournament against Northwestern and Illinois, blocking a career-high eight shots against the Wildcats and five against the Fighting Illini.

Now, the Connecticut star is poised “to be in running for the No. 1 overall pick” in June’s draft, per Wojnarowski.

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