Villanova's title defense just got a little tougher.
Donte DiVincenzo, the Most Outstanding Player of last season's national championship, has decided to hire an agent and keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
I want to thank Nova Nation for an amazing season this year and the unbelievable amount of support throughout. The Villanova Community has done nothing but support and motivate me to become the best player and person I can be. I love everything about college and Villanova including the amazing people from the professors, staff members, and all the fans across the country. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point. My teammates are my brothers and will share a bond forever. I thank Coach Wright for challenging me day in and day out all while loving me like a son. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for him and the Villanova Basketball program. After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy. I strive to get better as a person and a player everyday, everything that Villanova has instilled in me will allow me to reach all goals I have in mind. Thank you everyone who has supported me and the continuous support going forward. Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. I love you Nova Nation. \\\///
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In addition to shining during the NCAA Tournament, DiVincenzo was impressive during the draft combine and will likely be a first-round pick. He could be an attractive option for the Sixers at pick No. 26.
He joins fellow Wildcats Mikal Bridges, a likely lottery pick, and Jalen Brunson in hiring an agent. Omari Spellman's name is still in the pool, but he has not hired an agent. The deadline to return to school is May 30.
For the season, the Michael Jordan of Delaware averaged 13.4 points, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals a game this season. He also shot 40 percent on 5.3 threes a contest.