Michigan State basketball has extended an offer to four-star 7-footer Donovan Clingan from the 2022 class. What’s he bring to the table?
Tom Izzo was busy late Sunday night and early Monday morning as midnight marked the end of the dead period and he made sure to contact some of his top targets in the 2022 class right away.
While he’s still working on that 2021 class which already includes Pierre Brooks and could add guys like Max Christie, Jaden Akins, Kobe Bufkin and/or Charles Bediako, the 2022 class was an area of emphasis for the Hall of Fame head coach.
The first thing Izzo did was call Emoni Bates at midnight, and was the only coach who did so, and then he extended some offers and showed interest in other 2022, and beyond, prospects.
One of those new names was 7-footer Donovan Clingan from Bristol, Conn.
The four-star big man from Connecticut has been receiving interest from some big schools lately such as Boston College, UConn, Georgetown, Iowa, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Syracuse.
What could he bring to Michigan State basketball
Clingan joins an elite list of 2022 targets for Michigan State which is led by Bates but he could be the post addition that the Spartans need.
The 7-foot-1 center is on the lanky side of things, weighing in at 255 pounds — but even that may be generous. He looks like a kid who could afford to add 20-25 pounds and if he does that, he’d be a beast in the paint. He can already score at will against high school kids 6-8 inches shorter than him, but he needs to add some muscle.
He is a solid defender and shot-blocker, though, and that’s exactly what you want to see from a kid who has long arms. He knows how to use his length and that’s huge.
Clingan runs well for his size — an Izzo must — and he goes up strong with the ball. He’s the ideal big that Izzo looks for because of those two traits.
Right now, Clingan is ranked the No. 47 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals and is only going to rise up the ranks.