Donovan Clingan

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: UConnHT: 7-2WT: 260
BORN: NAYEAR: So.WING: NAREACH: NA

Draft Notes

Clingan is a giant of a human being but also has a soft touch and an impressive amount of skills for such a massive center.

He lives in the paint and is nearly impossible to stop once he gets position down low.

He does a great job on on the boards on both ends of the floor and really knows how to use his size and weight to gain position and move opponants out of the way. He has a strong base and can hold position against anybody in college ball. Clingan is always a threat on the offensive glass.

He isn’t a quick leaper but uses his size well to defend the rim. Has decent mobility for a player his size and gets up and down the court pretty well.

While he’s not a first option type of offensive player he’s very efficient with his touches, has really good touch around the rim and has shown an increasing ability to step out and hit jumpers. He probably won’t be a volume 3pt shooter but has the potential to develop into a floor spacer in time.

The biggest question is whether he has the foot-speed to guard in space at the NBA level.

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first round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft or 2025 NBA Draft

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2024 Center Rankings

  1. Alexandre Sarr – 7-1 – Perth Wildcats, NBL (France)
  2. Yves Missi – 6-11 – Baylor (Cameroon)
  3. Donovan Clingan – 7-2 – UConn
  4. Ulrich Chomche – 6-11 – Cameroon
  5. Adem Bona – 6-10 – UCLA (Nigeria)
  6. Zach Edey – 7-4 – Purdue (Canada)
  7. Kel’el Ware – 7-0 – Indiana
  8. Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso – 7-0 – Kentucky (Nigeria)
  9. Hunter Dickenson – 7-1 – Kansas
  10. Zvonimir Ivisic – 7-3 – Kentucky (Croatia)
  11. DaRon Holmes II – 6-10 – Dayton
  12. Aday Mara – 7-3 – UCLA (Spain)
  13. Clifford Omoruyi – 6-11 – Rutgers (Nigeria) 
  14. Lacklan Olbrich – 6-10 – Illawarra Hawks, NBL
  15. Ryan Kalkbrenner – 7-1 – Creighton
  16. Braxton Meah – 7-1 – Washington
  17. Yohan Traore – 6-10 – NA (France)
  18. Mady Sissoko – 6-10 – Michigan State (Mali)
  19. Eli Ndiaye – 6-8 – Spain
  20. Oumar Ballo – 6-10 – Arizona (Mali) 
  21. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  22. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC