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Villanova Basketball Season Review: Donte DiVincenzo

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The freshman guard had a start and stop campaign, but big things are ahead.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Donte DiVincenzo was a player who came to the Villanova Wildcats from their backyard in Delaware. Sadly, the freshman guard's season was sidelined with an injury early on, but he recovered and became a key part of the team's gameday preparation, despite not playing again after his injury.

Next season, he should return healthy and ready to contribute on the hardwood. Now on to the #analysis.

What we expected

Before the season kicked off, we thought that the 6-4, 170-pound off-guard could find his shot and become a key scoring option of the bench. On the flip side, there was also a chance that the freshman would have difficulty adjusting to the college game, and would need more time to find a consistent shot.

Vote from Wisdom of Crowds

We held a vote to predict how many points DiVincenzo would total this season.

DiVincenzo played in just 8 of the 40 games this season, and VU Hoops predicted that he would would score around 4.5 points this season. A plurality of readers thought he would score between 4.1 and 6.0 ppg, while a little more than a third of readers predicted between 2 and 4 points.

Season Actuals

Player MPG FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA PPG REB AST TO STL BLK
Donte DiVincenzo 9.3 6 21 0 0 3 17 1.9 2.0 0.5 0.9 0.5 0.0

The Crowd's wisdom didn't pan out with this one, but it didn't really get a fair shot, with just an 8-game sample. While 1.9 ppg was below a lot of recent comparables, he never really got a chance to get settled in.

Best Game

Donte DiVincenzo played his best game of the season in the opener against Fairleigh Dickinson, logging 18 minutes and scoring 5 points. The freshman guard shot 33.3% from the field, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out an assist as well. With a small sample size of games to choose from, this one definitely seems like the winner.

Worst Game

Against Oklahoma in the Pearl Harbor day game, Divincenzo played just 2 minutes, scored no points on 0-for-1 shooting, and recorded no other statistical accumulations.

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After spending most of the 2015-16 season healing and getting used to the Wildcats' scheme and speed in practice, DiVincenzo will be back next season looking to become a contributor. Due to his injury, it is believed that he will be able to claim a redshirt for this season, allowing him to play with freshman eligibility in 2016-17.