CHICAGO — Most likely Villanova sophomore Donte DiVincenzo will have left NBA executives with without equal pre-draft parting shot: 31 issues within the nationwide championship sport, a Ultimate 4 maximum remarkable participant efficiency that might’ve spared him the chance of taking part within the NBA pre-draft mix.
However, DiVincenzo, a 6-foot-Five guard, plans to take part within the NBA draft mix’s Five-on-Five video games on Thursday and Friday. He hasn’t made a last resolution on staying within the June NBA draft however tells ESPN that he expects to depart Villanova will have to he emerge sooner than the Would possibly 30 cut-off date with the conclusion that he has secured a place within the overdue first around.
“I believe I’ve a in reality just right likelihood to being a overdue first-round select,” DiVincenzo informed ESPN. “Clearly, issues can trade, folks can fall within the draft. I am acutely aware of that. However my self belief degree is that I will be able to be a first-round select.”
Now No. 33 in Jonathan Givony’s newest mock draft on ESPN, DiVincenzo’s willingness to completely take part within the NBA draft mix is born out of 2 components: He is not afraid to compete, and he believes he has a sport past jump-shooting to exhibit to the NBA.
“I will be able to display much more than I confirmed in that [NCAA title] sport,” DiVincenzo informed ESPN. “Simply because my shot used to be falling within the sport, possibly I did not get to turn that I will be able to nonetheless create for my teammates. I will be able to nonetheless rebound the ball. I will be able to nonetheless shield. I will be able to nonetheless compete at a better degree than I did within the sport.”
For the reason that finish of Villanova’s nationwide championship season, DiVincenzo has traveled to South Dakota to figure out with retired NBA guard Kirk Hinrich. In combination, they did the standard taking pictures and offensive talent paintings, however DiVincenzo discovered one thing else to be indispensable: a better degree of defensive discourse.
“I picked his mind the entire week,” DiVincenzo mentioned. “He took the time not to handiest paintings with me on drill paintings, however numerous defensive issues, so once I move right into a exercise with particular person groups, I do know the terminology. That is one thing that I will be able to display groups to face out. We were given numerous photographs up, labored on other finishes. He took the time to turn me very detailed explanations of what I’m going to be doing within the [pre-draft] procedure.”
Stated Hinrich: “I see him as an excessively distinctive man and virtually exhausting to check to any person else within the NBA, which I believe is a favorable. He is so flexible offensively and will play and shield more than one positions. And he can do it straight away within the NBA. I did not notice how athletic and robust he used to be. He surpassed my expectancies.”
Villanova has one lottery select — ahead Mikal Bridges — and a most likely first-round select with nationwide participant of the yr Jalen Brunson within the June draft. Like DiVincenzo, freshman ahead Omari Spellman has entered the draft with out an agent and can take part within the mix, too. Villanova is churning out NBA potentialities below trainer Jay Wright, which occurs in a run of 2 nationwide titles in 3 years.
“I would not be in [the] place I’m presently if I wasn’t taking part in at Villanova, if I wasn’t taking part in for Trainer Wright,” DiVincenzo informed ESPN. “He does not simply get ready you bodily, however demanding situations you mentally, too. We’ve got mentally tricky gamers popping out of Villanova.”