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Trail Blazers Draft UConn Star Donovan Clingan with 7th Overall Pick

In a move aimed at bolstering their interior presence, the Portland Trail Blazers secured Donovan Clingan from UConn as the 7th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday night. Standing tall at 7-foot-2, Clingan arrives in Portland following a distinguished collegiate career marked by consecutive national championships with the Huskies, a rare feat accomplished for the first time in 17 years.

While initially overshadowed by front-runners Zaccharie Risacher and Alex Sarr in pre-draft discussions, Clingan’s stock rose steadily, particularly after Sarr opted out of meetings with the Hawks. Eventually selected first overall, Risacher paved the way for Clingan’s selection by the Trail Blazers.

Clingan, known for his defensive prowess and a wingspan nearing 7-foot-7, emerges as a promising defensive cornerstone for Portland. His robust presence as a rim protector complements an evolving offensive game highlighted by efficient scoring near the basket, boasting a stellar 64% shooting accuracy last season. His performance against Purdue’s Zach Edey in the championship game underscored his defensive acumen and potential growth.

At just 20 years old, Clingan’s development trajectory has drawn comparisons to a youthful Nikola Jokić by UConn coach Dan Hurley. His ability to contribute immediately to Portland’s defensive strategy marks a significant addition to the team’s roster, positioning him as a key figure in the Trail Blazers’ future plans.

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