Interview: Bucks’ DiVincenzo has team-first mindset

Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo is contributing off the bench after winning two titles at Villanova.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo was the shining star of last year’s March Madness. The two-time national champion had 31 memorable points in the title game last April in leading Villanova past Michigan.

Now, he has high expectations after being drafted with the No. 17 overall section this past June.

“I think my ability to compete and defend,” DiVincenzo told Amico Hoops of what he offers. “Just do the little things that make it easy on everybody else on the court.” It’s a long season. Things go up and down, but one thing I can control is being able to compete every possession.”

He was in a pro-like environment at Villanova. Winning two national championships in three seasons is something only dynasties ever attain at the college level. The only other team in college basketball or college football to do such a thing in the last decade is Alabama in football.

“It made me mentally strong,” DiVincenzo said. “I think matured faster and it taught me how to play the game the right way.”

In the NBA, he again finds himself a member of a winning-team. The Bucks are poised for a postseason run after advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

And being surrounded by veterans who have been there before appears to be helping the 2018 Final Four Most Outstanding Player adapt to the pro game.

“It’s actually funny since George (Hill) got here — it’s only been a couple days — he’s been teaching me a lot,” DiVincenzo said. “Every possession that he’s been on the bench with me he’s talking  me through different reads and different schemes and he’s really helping me.”

DiVincenzo is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds entering Friday’s game at Cleveland.