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2015 Villanova Basketball Preview: Donte DiVincenzo

The kid from Delaware can dunk with the best of them.

Matt Gregory | VU Hoops

Hometown: Wilmington, D.E.

High School: Salesianum School

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 170

Donte Divincenzo is a talented off-guard out of Delaware, who had a solid high school career but made a name for himself in recruiting circles as a member of the AAU's Philly-area power program, Team Final. His outstanding performances on the high school and AAU circuits made him a sought-after recruit, choosing the Wildcats over programs from the ACC, SEC and Big Ten.

His prep successes aside, Divincenzo is a capable scoring guard who brings good size and athleticism. His ability to elevate will help him make plays on both sides of the floor and bring an opportunity to match-up with some bigger players on defense. He has solid ball-handing and vision that can help break down defenders and create opportunities elsewhere on the court.

Prior to Villanova he showed good range and accuracy on his jump shot, which fits with Jay Wright's "shoot 'em up, sleep in the streets" ethos that has dominated the offensive strategy in recent years. If he can find a consistent stroke when faced with Division I defenders, he will be an asset for the Wildcats. He won't necessarily be a one-trick-pony, however, as his win in the Hoops Mania dunk contest proved -- he has the ability to score at, or above, the rim as well.

Best Case Scenario: Divincenzo quickly picks up on the Wildcats' scheme and earns some minutes early, finding his shot and becoming a key scoring option off the bench.

Worst Case Scenario: Adjusting to the college game takes a little longer, and Divincenzo never finds a consistent shot. Like any talented freshman, he has moments of brilliance, but doesn't establish himself as a go-to player.


The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2015-2016 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

Donte Divincenzo is one of three scholarship freshmen on the squad, so we don't have the benefit of prior year stats as a basis for our scoring predication. To the extent that history is a guide, here's a sample of the scoring averages of past Villanova guards during their freshman campaigns:

  • Ryan Arcidiacono - 11.9 ppg
  • Josh Hart - 7.8 ppg
  • Phil Booth - 5.8 ppg
  • Darrun Hilliard - 4.8 ppg
  • James Bell - 2.4 ppg
  • Dominic Cheek - 4.9 ppg

What do you think the upcoming season holds for Donte? Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think he will score this year. We'd love to understand your thinking, so try to post a comment to tell us how you arrived at your prediction.