The Villanova basketball program is set to lose another star to the NBA Draft. On Thursday morning, the university announced that NCAA Tournament standout Donte DiVincenzo will forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. DiVincenzo will not hire an agent, however, so he is eligible to return to the Wildcats next season.
DiVincenzo was a breakout star in the national championship when he helped lead the Wildcats to victory over Michigan with a 31-point, five rebound, three assist and two block performance.
For his efforts on the court last season, the redshirt sophomore earned BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors.
“Donte has consistently improved in his time at Villanova through dedication and a commitment to our core values,” said Wildcats head coach Jay Wright in a statement. “His play this season has created a unique opportunity for him to receive feedback from NBA teams in the draft process. We support Donte fully and our staff will work together with him and his family to help him assess the next step in his basketball career.”
If DiVincenzo decides to return to Villanova, he will be a featured player as the team looks to defend its national title after Jalen Brunson hired an agent and ended his college career. DiVincenzo will have until the June 11 deadline to withdraw from the draft.