St. John's basketball will not face UConn stud center Donovan Clingan

The St. John's basketball team will face an undermanned UConn squad without its superstar center.

Dec 15, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Stephon Castle (5) and Connecticut
Dec 15, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Stephon Castle (5) and Connecticut / Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. John's basketball team will not see Donovan Clingan when it takes the floor against the No. 5 UConn Huskies on Saturday night (8:00 p.m. ET, FOX) in Hartford.

Clingan was already not expected to play after suffering an ankle injury on Wednesday in the Huskies' upset loss to Seton Hall, but UConn updated his status on Saturday afternoon and it was not positive.

The Big East All-Freshman Team member from a season ago will miss approximately 3-4 weeks with an injury to a tendon in his right foot, according to the school.

The 7-foot-2 center underwent an MRI on Friday and has not practiced since sustaining the injury in the second half against the Pirates, which was initially called a 'sprained ankle' by the team immediately following the game.

The sophomore had 14 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes before the injury and never returned to the game.

It is Clingan's second foot injury this season after he had a foot strain in September and missed most of the preseason, but never missed a regular season game.

He is averaging 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game on 63.2-percent shooting this season.

UConn will rely on redshirt sophomore Samson Johnson to try and fill the void left by Donovan Clingan, who has shown flashes of improved play this season although he is mostly unproven.

St. John's hosts UConn on Saturday, February 3 at Madison Square Garden and the current expectation is that Clingan will be back on the court by then.

Last season, playing in a backup role to dominant center Adama Sanogo, Donovan Clingan did not score in the Red Storm's upset victory over the Huskies in Hartford but added nine points, five rebounds, and five blocks when UConn got revenge against the Johnnies in New York.

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