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Donovan Clingan kisses his girlfriend after being selected in the 2024 NBA Draft

Donovan Clingan celebrated his big night on Wednesday with a certain someone.

The former UConn star kissed girlfriend Madeleine Ross at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after being selected seventh overall by the Trail Blazers in the 2024 NBA draft.

Clingan, who honored his late mother with a personalized jacket, wore a black tuxedo while Ross wore a red dress.

Donovan Clingan was joined by his loved ones, including his girlfriend Madeleine Ross, at the 2024 NBA Draft. Getty Images
Donovan Clingan (right) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during the 2024 NBA Draft. P.A.

The 7-foot-2 center was also joined by Huskies coach Dan Hurley, who turned down a six-year, $70 million offer to coach the Lakers earlier this month following D’s second straight national title. ‘UConn.

“He knew what he saw in me. We built this great relationship and I will be forever grateful,” Clingan said of Hurley during the pre-draft presentation Tuesday.

In his final season at UConn, Clingan averaged 13 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 35 appearances.

Donovan Clingan kisses Madeleine Ross during the 2024 NBA Draft. ESPN/X
Donovan Clingan celebrates his selection by the Trail Blazers on June 26, 2024. Getty Images
Donovan Clingan honored his family as part of his NBA draft night look. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A Connecticut native, Clingan is grateful for the support he has long received from his home state.

“Connecticut has given me a lot my whole life. This gave me great opportunities. It has blessed me with the career I have had so far. They gave me a lot of support and a lot of love,” Clingan said. “I just want to be able to give back one day, so I’m just going to keep working to reach the highest level and be the best player and the best person I can be.”

Donovan Clingan celebrates UConn’s 2024 national title with his girlfriend Madeleine. @madeleinerross/Instagram
The couple has been together for years. @madeleinerross/Instagram

Clingan’s next chapter will take him to Portland, where the Trail Blazers finished the 2023-24 season with a dismal 21-61.

Hours before Wednesday’s draft, Ross — who has been dating Clingan for years — posted a photo of a preliminary lunch at the Rainbow Room on his Instagram Story.

Ross celebrated Clingan’s second championship victory with the Huskies in April when UConn topped the Purdue Boilermakers, 75-60.

“Deja vu,” she posted on Instagram at the time.

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