Donte DiVincenzo will officially remain in the NBA Draft, foregoing his remaining two years of eligibility with the Villanova Wildcats.
Donte posted the following note to his Instagram page announcing the decision.
I want to thank Nova Nation for an amazing season this year and the unbelievable amount of support throughout. The Villanova Community has done nothing but support and motivate me to become the best player and person I can be. I love everything about college and Villanova including the amazing people from the professors, staff members, and all the fans across the country. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point. My teammates are my brothers and will share a bond forever. I thank Coach Wright for challenging me day in and day out all while loving me like a son. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for him and the Villanova Basketball program. After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy. I strive to get better as a person and a player everyday, everything that Villanova has instilled in me will allow me to reach all goals I have in mind. Thank you everyone who has supported me and the continuous support going forward. Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. I love you Nova Nation. \\\///
DiVincenzo wasn’t considered a pro-ready prospect for most of the season, but his 31-point breakout performance in the National Championship game put him on the radar. An impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine made this decision almost a certainty heading down the stretch towards the May 30th deadline.
DiVincenzo is currently projected anywhere from mid-late first round to early second round in most mock drafts but has been on the rise since the NBA Combine. While his measurables are average, he possesses above-average athleticism and his scoring ability and defensive potential should translate well to the next level.
The loss of DiVincenzo stings Villanova in the immediate future as he would have likely been a preseason All-American entering next season. Jay Wright has already begun to plug the hole with the addition of grad transfer Joe Cremo. Top-60 prospect Justin Moore is already committed for the following season as well.
Best of luck on Draft Night to Ragu, and thank you for the memories on the Main Line!