Future Watch: Donte DiVincenzo Rookie Basketball Cards, Bucks
Donte DiVencenzo was born in Newark, Deleware. Growing up, he was more of a soccer player, but he gravitated towards the basketball court in high school. He made the right choice. As a prep, he helped lead the Salesianum School team to two consecutive state championships. In his junior season, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. His numbers increased in his senior season when he put up 22.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He would elect to attend the University of Villanova.
In his freshman season for the Wildcats, DiVincenzo played in only nine games before sitting out the rest of the season with a fractured foot. As a redshirt freshman, he played in 36 games, starting in one of them. He averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. That season, he was named to the Big East All-Freshman team.
DiVincenzo came one strong in his sophomore season. Per game, he averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals. He only started in 10 games, but he earned a healthy 29.3 minutes per night as the team’s sixth man. He was a key piece for Villanova in their run to the 2018 NCAA Championship Game. In the game, he scored a career-high 31 points, including five three-pointers. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. This was the most points scored in a NCAA Final Four game from a player coming off the bench.
After the season, DiVincenzo declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. It made sense for him to strike while the iron was hot after a strong NCAA Tournament. He was very impressive at the NBA Scouting Combine and in individual workouts. Many scouts projected him to get drafted in the 10-20 range. On draft night, Milwaukee selected Donte DiVincenzo with the 17th overall pick.
DiVincenzo is a potent scorer with long range shooting abilities. At Villanova, he shot 40.1% from deep in his sophomore season. At 6’4”, 203 pounds, he’s a bit smaller than your average NBA shooting guard, but don’t think that will stop him. He plays with supreme confidence and he’s a perfect fit for a bench role with the Bucks. His shooting can keep him on the floor in crunch time situations.
In Milwaukee’s opening game against Charlotte, DiVincenzo saw 22 minutes off the bench in a 113-112 win. He went 3-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-4 from deep, for eight points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal. It’s very early, but it looks like he has a solid role on this team that could develop as the season progresses. Milwaukee is expecting to make a deep playoff run this season, and Donte DiVincenzo can be a key contributor that helps the Bucks go far in the playoffs.
Currently, you can find Donte DiVincenzo’s rookie cards featuring him in a Villanova jersey. Look for those cards in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Basketball. He’ll appear in his Bucks jersey in the upcoming 2018-19 Panini Hoops and Certified.
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