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UConn’s Donovan Clingan suffers foot strain

The sophomore big man is expected to be ready in time for the start of the regular season.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn announced Friday that sophomore big man Donovan Clingan suffered a foot strain in practice earlier this week. The team currently expects Clingan to miss about a month of practice, meaning he still should be able to recover and return well ahead of the Huskies’ 2023 season opener against Northern Arizona on Nov. 6 at Gampel Pavilion.

The 7-foot-2 Bristol, Connecticut native quickly established himself as one of the top freshmen in the country last season after averaging 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in just 13.1 minutes per game as a backup to Adama Sanogo.

With Sanogo now out of the picture, Clingan expects to be a key part of the Huskies’ title defense this season and is widely regarded as a potential lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.