DONTE DiVINCENZO 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: FIRST ROUND BETWEEN PICKS 20-30 ( HAS A CHANCE TO RISE WITH GOOD INDIVIDUAL WORKOUTS)
Donte DiVincenzo went from the sixth-man on a loaded Villanova Wildcats team, to being named the Most Outstanding Player of that same team, which ended up winning the 2018 NCAA Tournament and being named the national champions of college basketball.
DiVincenzo was absolutely magnificent in the final game of the tournament (against the University of Michigan), scoring a game-high 31 points, while leading his Wildcats in assists (three) and tying for the most rebounds (five). He attempted seven three point shots in the game and hit five of them; those shots alone outscored all but two players for the Wolverines.
So now, the question becomes: will DiVincenzo’s performance on college basketball’s biggest stage be enough to earn him a selection in the 2018 NBA Draft?
Heading into the tournament, most people believed that DiVincenzo’s career in professional basketball would’ve likely been overseas, as he probably wouldn’t have been selected in the NBA Draft. But multiple scouts said that, after his performance against Michigan, it wouldn’t be surprising to see DiVincenzo be taken in the first round of the draft.
Talk about a potentially life-changing game.
If nothing else, NBA teams will be intrigued by the fact that DiVincenzo clearly doesn’t wilt when the lights shine the brightest, he’s an adept three-point shooter, and he has a body that can hold up in today’s NBA (he’s 6’5 and just under 210lbs). He was a crafty, underrated scorer for Jay Wright’s Wildcats, and an instant infusion of energy when he came off the bench. That’s something every NBA team would covet.
But for someone like DiVincenzo, the question is about how high is his ceiling. He suffers from the fact that he’s a little bit of a “jack of all trades but a master of none.” He can shoot, he can pass, and he can defend, but he’s not particularly great at any of those (after all, he was a bench player at Villanova), outside of his performance in the tournament. Obviously, when he gets to the NBA, the level of competition he’ll face goes up exponentially. Will he be able to rise up to that challenge?
Many NBA players will tell you that you need one “NBA-level” skill to truly stick in the league. On first glance, you’d say that shooting would be the skill that would give DiVincenzo a chance. But like many other above-average shooters, he can be a bit streaky at times. If his shot isn’t falling, he becomes something of a liability on the court, even if he’s still hustling while on it.
The silver lining in all of this? DiVincenzo should still have the opportunity to return to Villanova for another year, even after testing the NBA Draft waters. In all actuality, that might be his best bet. If he goes into the draft this year, he’s putting himself in a high-risk, high-reward situation: if he doesn’t get taken early on, he might not get taken at all. But with more seasoning at the college game, he could solidify himself as a potential 2019 NBA Draft lottery pick.
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