NCAA tournament star, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo, staying in NBA draft

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After Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo torched Michigan in the national-title game, LeBron James declared DiVincenzo “made himself a lot of money.”

Now, it’s time for DiVincenzo to collect.


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I want to thank Nova Nation for an amazing season this year and the unbelievable amount of support throughout. The Villanova Community has done nothing but support and motivate me to become the best player and person I can be. I love everything about college and Villanova including the amazing people from the professors, staff members, and all the fans across the country. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point. My teammates are my brothers and will share a bond forever. I thank Coach Wright for challenging me day in and day out all while loving me like a son. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for him and the Villanova Basketball program. After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy. I strive to get better as a person and a player everyday, everything that Villanova has instilled in me will allow me to reach all goals I have in mind. Thank you everyone who has supported me and the continuous support going forward. Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. I love you Nova Nation. \///

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DiVincenzo rates as a borderline first-round pick. I’d bet on him going in the first round, but the second round is quite plausible.

He’s a knockdown shooter, capable of drilling 3-pointers off the dribble or on catch-and-shoots. His athleticism and agility allow him to drive to the rim, where he shows nice finishing touch. He’s a good enough passer to warrant having the ball in his hands often enough to take advantage of his scoring prowess, though I consider him far more of a shooting guard than a point guard.

At 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan, he lacks the length, strength and speed to lock down opponents defensively. But he compensates with effort.

DiVincenzo did far more than get hot for one big game. He belongs in the draft, and that’s why he’s staying in it.