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NCAA tournament star, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo, staying in NBA draft

Draft Declarations Basketball

In this April 2, 2018 photo, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo cuts the net as he celebrates after the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Michigan in San Antonio. DiVincenzo is among the players seeking to test their NBA draft stock before deciding whether to stay in school. College players had until Sunday, April 22, 2018 to declare early for the NBA draft. Players who haven’t hired an agent can withdraw by May 30 to preserve their college eligibility. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


After Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo torched Michigan in the national-title game, LeBron James declared DiVincenzo “made himself a lot of money.”

Now, it’s time for DiVincenzo to collect.


DiVincenzo rates as a borderline first-round pick. I’d bet on him going in the first round, but the second round is quite plausible.

He’s a knockdown shooter, capable of drilling 3-pointers off the dribble or on catch-and-shoots. His athleticism and agility allow him to drive to the rim, where he shows nice finishing touch. He’s a good enough passer to warrant having the ball in his hands often enough to take advantage of his scoring prowess, though I consider him far more of a shooting guard than a point guard.

At 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-6 wingspan, he lacks the length, strength and speed to lock down opponents defensively. But he compensates with effort.

DiVincenzo did far more than get hot for one big game. He belongs in the draft, and that’s why he’s staying in it.