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