2016-2017 Stats: 8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg
Why They Are Here
Donte DiVincenzo earned the #36 slot in the CPP Top 100 after a stellar freshmen showing at Villanova, posting an impressive 47% mark from three point range. DiVincenzo offers Jay Wright and the Wildcats versatility at the guard position, being both a capable scorer and defender. His maturity on offense showed through his seven double digit games during Big East play, and while he actually only started one game last year, he earned starter minutes because of his ability to play down the stretch.
Role on This Year’s Team
Because of the return of both Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges, Villanova has a solid lineup heading into the 2017-2018 season. The only role that needs to be filled is the small forward position, formerly owned by Josh Hart, which would be a perfect fit for a 6’5, aggressive player in Donte DiVincenzo. His minutes should go up as he clearly gained maturity throughout his freshman campaign, and his willingness to crash the boards and get on the floor for loose balls makes it tough for Jay Wright to take him out of the game.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Donte DiVincenzo certainly has the talent to play in the NBA some day, but will most likely be a four year player at Villanova. His size and well roundedness make him an intriguing wing player for NBA scouts, but he lacks the raw athleticism that NBA players need in today’s game. DiVincenzo has the potential to be a late-second round draft pick in the future, but could also very easily find a home playing somewhere overseas.
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