Donte Divincenzo burst onto the national spotlight with his electrifying performance in Villanova’s victory over Michigan in the National Championship. Divincenzo makes up for average size as a combo guard (6’4.5”, 200 pounds with a 6’6” wingspan) with sharpshooting and surprising athleticism and speed.
2017-2018 College Statistics
- Per game: 29.3 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks
- Per 40: 18.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks
- Advanced: Off Rtg 121.3, Def Rtg 101.3, PER 20.9, OWS 3.7, DWS 1.8, BPM 9.6
- Shooting: FG 48.1%, 3PT 40.1%, FT 71%, TS 60.8%, eFG 59%
Divincenzo comes into the draft as a Junior and will be ready to play quickly. With his shooting stroke and athleticism it’s easy to see him, at worst, providing a scoring punch off the bench for whoever drafts him. He’s got an NBA ready body with good, not great, size and length which should help him withstand the rigors of a long NBA season. Divincenzo also turned heads at the NBA draft combine with the biggest standing max vert of 42!
His game will also translate nicely to the NBA because of his long range and quickness to the rim. Divincenzo also shows impressive vision and passing that will fit in nicely with offenses that share the ball.
Divincenzo doesn’t have the size and length of some of the more touted prospects higher in the draft. He’s also 21 which means he may be reaching some of his potential already. He’s also been known to be a streaky shooter at times and was never a full-time starter at Villanova. The question is, does it help or hurt him that he played with NBA-caliber teammates and one of the top coaches in the NCAA? Can he produce at the NBA level?
Utah Jazz Fit
Divincenzo is a winning player that brings toughness and hard work combined with shooting and athleticism. He’s a player that will guard, shoot and pass the ball. He’s also not a guy opposed to coming off the bench if asked considering he did it in college at Villanova. You have to love a guy willing to put winning ahead of his ego.
If the Jazz are looking for a pick to contribute right away, Divincenzo is a great fit. And if his 40% shooting holds up in the NBA, he could be a steal at the 21st pick.
Likelihood of Jazz drafting them?
High. Divincenzo is slated to go around the #21 pick and will likely be available. Although with his impressive showing at the draft combine he may be rising in draft rankings.
The Jazz may have shown their interest because he’s already worked out in Salt Lake City. Divincenzo had good things to say about the Jazz organization, too.
Villanova national title game hero Donte DiVincenzo describes his pre-draft workout in Utah as a "good" one. "Even when I flew into the airport, there was fans all in the airport and everything so there’s a lot of attention there and they’re really supportive," he said. pic.twitter.com/Ck4GKpoygi— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) May 17, 2018
If there’s one thing the Jazz could use more of, it’s scoring, and that’s what Divincenzo brings.