ALBANY — In the back corner of the UConn men’s basketball locker room Saturday afternoon, Donovan Clingan sat and chatted with time to kill, as if he had just cast his line into the water.

He was wearing a black Huskies Basketball zip-up hoodie and a black bucket hat with the NCAA March Madness logo, which he pulled out of a goody bag Saturday morning and then pulled on his forehead. It will come in handy as you fish this summer in streams and ponds in Bristol, and in ocean waters miles offshore.

“Bass, trout, deep-sea tuna, I love it all,” Clingan said. “Very relaxing.”

The bruise under Clingan’s right eye had yellowed and was almost gone. Trips to the dentist, first in December, then again in February, had replaced the tooth that had fallen out of his mouth twice this season and he was smiling, again and again, as he retraced the lightning-fast steps of the past 12 months. .

His first season at UConn has gone very well. The text messages are arriving from Bristol this week.


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