Donovan Clingan, the 7-foot-2 center, is leaving UConn after two seasons to enter the NBA draft, following UConn's second consecutive national title win. His departure fulfills his "lifelong dream" of playing in the NBA, despite the emotional challenge of leaving his teammates. Clingan's decision was anticipated, with UConn's coach consistently regarding him and another player as NBA lottery picks.

By the Numbers
  • Clingan averaged 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game this season.
  • He scored 11 points in the championship game and played a critical role in the victory over Purdue.
State of Play
  • Donovan Clingan, a key player for UConn, has announced his decision to enter the NBA draft after helping the team secure its sixth NCAA title.
  • Another UConn player, Stephon Castle, has yet to announce his future plans.
  • Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain, Duke's top two scorers, have also decided to pursue NBA opportunities.
  • Adem Bona is leaving UCLA to enter the NBA draft after a successful two-year stint.
Bottom Line

Donovan Clingan's departure from UConn to enter the NBA draft marks a significant shift for both the player and the college basketball landscape, reflecting the increasing trend of talented players pursuing professional opportunities at an early stage of their careers.