May 29, 2018
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, the 2018 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, announced today that he will forego his final two seasons of college eligibility and hire an agent ahead of next month's National Basketball Association Draft.
The native of Wilmington, Del., earned 2017-18 BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year honors and then capped his campaign with a breathtaking 31-point explosion in the NCAA National Championship game against Michigan on April 2. DiVincenzo, a redshirt sophomore, averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Wildcats while appearing in all 40 games in '17-18.
"Donte has handled this process intelligently and received very positive feedback from the NBA teams about his prospects in this year's draft," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "We fully support this decision and are excited about what the future holds for him at the next level. Donte is an outstanding young man and the Nova Nation will always take pride in his accomplishments."
DiVincenzo arrived at Villanova in 2015 and played eight games in 2015-16 before suffering a broken bone in his foot that sidelined him for the remainder of that season. He returned in 2016-17 and became an integral rotation piece for the Wildcats, earning BIG EAST All-Freshman team honors while averaging 7,2 points and 3.8 rebounds per outing.
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