Trio of Bristol-area basketball players earn all-state honors

Published on Monday, 28 March 2022 15:34


After three of the Bristol-area boys basketball teams qualified as top-10 seeds in their respective state tournaments, with two of those teams earning the top overall seeds in their brackets, the best players from each of those teams was recognized as an all-state selection for the 2021-22 season.

Bristol Central senior Donovan Clingan highlights the group of all-state players as he adds this accolade to his list of senior-year accomplishments, which include: Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut, MaxPreps Player of the Year for Connecticut, Division II State Champion and seventh all-time on the states scoring list for boys basketball.

Clingan averaged 29.9 points, 18.1 rebounds, 6.1 blocks and 3.1 assists while leading the Rams to 43 consecutive victories over the past two seasons while winning a state title and two conference titles. The UConn-bound seven-footer was one of the most dominant forces across all sports in Connecticut and dropped a career-high 52 points in a game against Windsor this season.

St. Paul junior guard Jamie Leggett joins Clingan on the list of Connecticut basketball players to post a triple-double this season as he was the key piece in the Falcons’ success this season. Leggett notched 40 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against Wilby early in the year while leading St. Paul to the ninth seed in the Division III State Tournament after a 14-6 record.

Leggett closed the year averaging 23.9 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field, along with 6.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.3 steals and made 86 percent of his free throws. With one more year in his high school career, he has a chance to put together some of the best all-around numbers in the state.

The impressive performances carry over to Division V as Terryville senior guard Dominick Dao earned all-state honors with one of the highest scoring averages in the state. Dao led the Kangaroos to a 19-1 record in the regular season while dropping 51 points against Gilbert as an unstoppable force on the offensive end.

Terryville reached the Berkshire League Championship Game and qualified as the top seed for the state tournament behind Dao’s prolific scoring and creative passing.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, St. Paul, Terryville on Monday, 28 March 2022 15:34. Updated: Monday, 28 March 2022 15:37.