Donte DiVincenzo, a 2015 shooting guard from Delaware, has committed to Villanova on Friday afternoon while his Salesianum School team was visiting the Main Line Campus.
DiVincenzo cut his list down to six schools in late November, including Syracuse, Pitt, Florida, Vanderbilt and Rutgers. He is close with recent Syracuse commit Malachi Richardson, and some had believed that they would be a 'package deal,' but the announcement on Twitter this afternoon proved that rumor false.
COMMITTED TO BE A VILLANOVA WILDCAT !— Donte Divincenzo (@dontedivincenzo) January 3, 2014
The best player in the state of Delaware told the DelCo Times:
I just liked Villanova more. It has a real family atmosphere, and is a great school athletically and academically. Every time I went up there they just made me feel at home and I want to be part of that.
The addition of DiVincenzo gives the Wildcats another very talented option in the backcourt. He brings great size and an accurate shot from deep, both of which should bolster the four-guard line-ups employed by Jay Wright. High major programs started to catch on to the guard over the summer, with schools from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big East extending offers by mid-October.
He has room to improve on his basketball skills, but DiVincenzo is a high-major athlete who plays hard until the final whistle. He has shot the ball well as a high school junior, and will continue to work on his ball handling and guard skills. His progress in those areas from a year ago was the factor that vaulted him into the top-100 recruits and put him on the high-major radar in the first place.
If his skills continue to refine, he could become a contributor for Villanova right away.
The 6-4, 170-pound prospect from Wilmington's Salesianum School is ranked 78th-best in the 2015 class by Rivals.com. He has played his AAU basketball with Team Final, the Philadelphia-based program that has produced a number of high-profile Division I recruits recently, including Richardson, Arizona freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Villanova signee Mikal Bridges.
DiVincenzo is the second verbal commitment in the 2015 class for Villanova, joining power forward Tim Delaney, who committed in June.