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Donovan Clingan NBA Combine 2024: Measurements, Analysis and Impressions

Donovan Clingan is considered one of the best frontcourt players in the 2024 draft, and scouts had a chance to get a closer look at him this week at the NBA draft combine.

The former UConn center and two-time national champion towered over almost all other prospects, solidifying his status as a high lottery pick.

Clingan stood 7 feet tall without shoes and weighed 282.0 pounds. Its wingspan was 2.00 meters and it had a standing reach of 2.00 meters. The only player taller or taller than him was a two-time National Player of the Year. Zach Edey of Purdue, who was listed at 7’3.75″ and 299.0 pounds.

Despite his size, Clingan seemed to move well during the speed and agility drills at the combine:

During his second season with the Huskies, Clingan proved he can be effective on both ends of the court. He finished the 2023-2024 season averaging 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. He was an efficient producer at the rim, shooting 64.5 percent from the field during his two-year career.

Although Clingan didn’t have much to offer in terms of three-point shooting in college, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that expanding his range was one of his biggest focuses during the pre-draft process:

B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman named Clingan the No. 11 prospect in his latest major board and compared him to the best defensive center in the NBA.

“His measurements won’t stray far from Rudy Gobert’s. I didn’t expect that level of impact, but Clingan has the right tools and movement to achieve a high-quality result for that archetype,” said Wasserman.

Wasserman predicted Clingan would be selected with the No. 7 pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in his most recent mock draft. However, some analysts believe he is worth going as high as No. 2 overall to the Washington Wizards:

Clingan will have a bright future in the NBA thanks to his two-way production. He already has the size to be a useful anchor on the front line, and his abilities will only improve as he continues to develop physically.