PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — If you don’t know who Donte DiVincenzo is by now, you need to change your priorities during March Madness.
During the 2018 National Championship game, DiVIncenzo burst onto the scene with an incredible performance against the Michigan Wolverines. While many hardcore fans knew he was talented before the title game, his performance in San Antonio, TX cemented his place among the top players in all of college basketball.
DiVincenzo went for 31 points in the title game, on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from three point range. He added in five rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks to complete the all-round performance.
The redshirt sophomore showed up on the biggest stage of them all in the college basketball world, and now he’s ready to get feedback from top executives and coaches in the NBA.
On Thursday, the 6’5” guard declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, thus allowing him to return to Villanova for the 2018-19 season.
With his performance in the National Championship game still fresh in the minds of a lot of people, one can’t blame DiVincenzo for entering his name into the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent. Given his success on the biggest stage of them all, he’ll garner his fair share of attention during the pre-draft workouts.
Don’t think that DiVincenzo is a one-hit wonder. He made a significant jump as a sophomore, and was one of the Wildcats’ best players all season long. The native of Wilmington, DE was one of six players to average double digit pointer per game this past season.
DiVincenzo averaged 13.4 points per game, up from his average of 8.8 points in 2016-17. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. DiVincenzo shot 48.1% from the field and 40.1% from three point range for the season.
He was also one of five players to play in all 40 games during the 2017-18 season, and he was one of eight players to average double digit minutes per night out.
During the Wildcats’ run through the NCAA Tournament, DiVincenzo had four games with at least 12 points, including each of the team’s final three games. He averaged 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game during the tournament.
As stated above, DiVincenzo won’t hire an agent at this time, thus allowing him to return to Villanova for his junior season. If he does opt to return for at least one more season with the Wildcats, he will be on the short list of candidates for Preseason All-American status come the 2018-19 season.
– T. Bennett