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2016 Villanova Basketball Preview: Donte DiVincenzo

DiVincenzo redshirted after suffering a broken foot eight games in, but is likely to have a much lager role this season. 

NCAA Basketball: Akron at Villanova Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Hometown: Wilmington, Del.

High School: Salesianum

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 205

Career Stats



NOVA 8.2 0.7-2.3 28.6% 0.3-1.9 17.6% 0.0-0.0 0 1.8 0.4 0.0 0.4 1.1 0.8


Player Preview

Going into his true freshman season, Donte DiVincenzo was assumed to be behind three terrific guards and not have a large amount of playing time. He suffered a broken foot after eight games and was supposed to be back after 4-6 weeks, but the staff decided to redshirt him. As a result, DiVincenzo got a taste of the division one game and still has all four years of eligibility remaining.

Going into the 2016-17 season, DiVincenzo is one of only three scholarship guards, considering Josh Hart will mostly play the '3' and '4'. Jalen Brunson and Phil Booth will start, but DiVincenzo will have plenty of playing time.

DiVincenzo is well known for his bounce and athleticism. He is quick, and an above average finisher at the rim, even though his stats from the eight games he played in don't show that. DiVincenzo also has a very solid stroke from the outside, despite what his three point percentage from last year says.

It's difficult to judge him off of such a small sample size from last year but based on the half he played in Spain and the open practices/scrimmages 'Nova has held the past few weeks DiVincenzo has looked terrific. Without having to fight for as much playing time, Donte will look much improved from last season in all assets of the game.

Best Case Scenario: DiVincenzo doesn't force things and excels off the bench. He is much improved in all facets offensively and he plays some of the better defense on the team.

Worse Case Scenario: Some of last year's struggles carry over as DiVincenzo has trouble shooting and his defense isn't as stellar as it could be.

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2016-2017 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.