Bristol Central basketball star Donovan Clingan can add Gatorade Player of the Year to his resume, as the Rams’ rising senior was named the 2020-21 Gatorade Connecticut Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Friday.
Clingan carried Central to a 15-0 record and a Central Connecticut Conference title in 2021, while averaging 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
In three seasons with the Rams, the 7-foot-1, 265-pound center has put up 1,421 points and 1,002 rebounds and is the No. 44 overall ranked prospect and the seventh-ranked center in his class, according to ESPN.
“At 7-foot-1, Clingan possesses outstanding court vision and a willingness to pass from anywhere on the floor,” Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Recruiting Director, said. “His shooting touch is soft, both facing the basket and in the low post. Defensively, he is steady at protecting the rim. His unselfishness is one of his greatest traits, as he finds the open man quickly and accurately.”
Clingan counts as the first Bristol Central boys basketball player to be selected for the award.
Clingan cut down his list of college commitments to eight schools in late April, with UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse, Providence, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Georgetown serving as the schools he’s considering.
With the award, Clingan now joins former Connecticut winners Micawber Etienne (2019-20, Suffield Academy), Tre Mitchell (2018-19, The Woodstock Academy), Jaiden Delaire (2017-18, The Loomis Chaffee School), and Tremont Waters (2016-17, Notre Dame High School).
Clingan is now also eligible for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
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