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Villanova coach Jay Wright will advise shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Omari Spellman to return to school if it appears neither will get drafted in the first round, Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv passes along, as the NBA Draft Combine rolls on in Chicago.
“Omari and Donte are out there to try to prove themselves as first-round picks,” Wright said. “I hope they are. And I think this process has been good for them. I think they will get some good information.”
DiVincenzo was the star of the Wildcats’ national championship win over Kansas, showing a nice shooting stroke and excellent athleticism. He has met with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and several others at the combine.
“The 6-foot-5 DiVincenzo played well in the 5-on-5 on Thursday, his first appearance since pouring in 31 points in the NCAA championship game against Michigan on April 2.
“He wanted to play, he wanted the challenge,” Wright said. “He’s a gym rat. He has confidence in himself. And obviously he wants to try to get himself into the first round. I think if he were guaranteed by someone that he’d be in the first round, I think he’d stay and keep his name in the draft.But if not, I think he’d want to come back and try to prove that he can be a first-round pick.”
Meanwhile, Spellman is not projected to get drafted, but has lined up some workouts with teams and has shown flashes of NBA potential. But without the guaranteed salary that a first-round selection provides … well, Wright may be right. Perhaps Spellman should give it the old college try for another year.
“My personal advice is, you’re young, you got a chance to come back and make yourself a first-round pick,” Wright said. “It’s more how those guys want to enter their pro careers. Do they want to do it as first-round choices or do they want to fight their way as second-round picks?”