Donte DiVincenzo became a household name even before he was officially inducted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) by the Milwaukee Bucks in Draft 2018. He was a basketball phenomenon in Villanova, where he won the 2016 and 2018 National Championships after an impressive high school career. The American basketball player is a joy to both his fans and his opponents and was considered an asset to any organization that wanted him. If you want to know what his time in high school and college was like before he went pro, read the interesting facts about the NBA player.
Donte DiVincenzo’s Bio
Donte DiVincenzo was born on January 31, 1997, in Newark, Delaware. As a child he loved to work up a sweat, dribbling up and down a field or bouncing a ball onto the pitch and dunking, but his main sport was soccer. However, when he watched the players amaze the great masses in the Great East, he was amazed at their ability to hit the ball through the hoop from 25 feet and gasped at their athleticism. Consequently, he had to choose between the two sports that had always held him: Basketball and soccer.
When Donte went to high school, he gave up soccer in favor of basketball, driven by his love of the game and determined to play at the next level. He attended a Roman Catholic independent school for boys, the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. Shortly thereafter, his goal-shooting ability and sense of fire made it into the elite circles and led the team to two consecutive state championships.
In his junior year, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game and played AAU basketball with Mikal Bridges and other area contenders in the Nike EYBL for the team final. As a senior Donte scored an average of 22.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game and was named Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association’s Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year 2015.
After an explosive high school career, he joined the Villanova University Wildcats, where he played three seasons and won two national championships (2016 and 2018) with the team. During his college career, he was nicknamed Big Ragu by sports reporter Gus Johnson – allegedly because of his Italian root and red hair after a winning tip-in in a January 29, 2017 game against the University of Virginia.
A true rookie, he played nine games before receiving a medical redshirt for a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. In his redshirt rookie season, Donte had an average of 25.5 minutes per game while scoring 8.8 points from the bench. In return, he was named to the Big East All-Freshman team and the Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year. In his red-hot second season, he averaged 13.4 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. At the end of the regular season, he was named Big East Sixth Man of the Year.
His determination also made him a key player off the bench for Villanova’s national championship team. In the title match against Michigan, he scored a career highlight with 31 points, along with five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Following the championship, Donte DiVincenzo was named the NCAA’s most outstanding player for the quarter-finals in 2018. He also scored the most points (15) for a player who came from the bench in a game of the NCAA Final Four.
Although he plays almost exclusively on the bench and has only started 12 of his 85 career games, the willingness to come off the bench and succeed has set him apart from other players.
Donte announced that he will declare on April 19, 2018, for the 2018 NBA draft, but without hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Villanova. Nevertheless, he later waived the last two years of his college eligibility and remained in both the draft and the hiring of an agent. During his military service, he showed the right athleticism that scouts long for. In addition, his wide range of skills as a guard, his ability to play dribbling games from dribbling, his low and long-range shooting, and his tenacity make him an asset to any team.
On June 21, 2018, DiVincenzo became the second of four Villanova players drafted this year. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the seventeenth overall selection and was signed on July 10, 2018. With the Bucks, his skills should go well with the play of all-star striker Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Donte is the younger son of John F., who coached basketball in middle school, and Kathie DiVincenzo, a real estate agent. He has an older brother, John A.
Since 2016 he has been in a relationship with Temple University cheerleader Morgan Calantoni. Calantoni was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and was born in February 1997 together with her twin sister Hannah. The beautiful lady who got the heart of Bucks Guard graduated from Wilson High School in 2015 and majored in Early Childhood Education at Temple University, where she will graduate in 2019.
Donte DiVincenzo Height And Weight
Donte, like most of his peers, has the right board for his demanding career. Even though he is not the biggest in the sport, he has just the perfect size to dunk his ball. He stands at a height of 196 cm (6ft 5in) with a proportional weight of 93 kg (205 lb).