Donte DiVincenzo, stronger than his pots. Everything you say on the Internet can be held against you… Like so many others, which DiVincenzo saw words written several years ago on the web come out at the moment when he found himself on the front of the stage.
In this case, racist and homophobic tweets published seven years ago, when he was only a 14-year-old teenager from the bottom of Delaware, went up to the surface as soon as he got his Final Four MOP Trophy at the end of March.
The worst possible timing for a prospect who has two months to convince NBA franchises to hire him. “Everything that came out on Twitter was bad, but people who know me, who know who I am, understand that it’s not me,” he says in USA Today. “I try to be more than a player.”
Each team interested in its profile will make its opinion by talking with the young man of 21 years. But because of his speech, his intentions, his behaviour, his play, the back has in any case enough to reassure his future coach.
“When I’m in a system, there’s only the team that counts,” he says. I don’t care about stats. I care, one, to win, and two, of the impact I can have on the team, on the field or in the locker room. If there’s anything I can do to help the team, I will. That’s what I tried to do in Villanova last year.”
With brio, in a role of reliable substitute who was able to turn into savior in the last game of the season, the most important one for the title. Guest in the Green Room, of which DiVincenzo has seen his odds climb over the weeks and can now put his old tweets in the trash.
Place in the NBA now, the next step of a progression not ready to stop according to him.
“When I’m working, I always try to prove something. Not that I’m good or that I’m athletic, but that there’s something deeper in me and that I’m just scratching the surface of my potential. I try to make progress every day, that’s what I prove: that I improve, and that nothing will prevent me from continuing. “
PLACE in MOCK DRAFT
Basketball USA: Celtics (27th)
ESPN: Wolves (20th)
The Ringer: NET (29th)
NBADraft.net: Bucks (17th)
Sports Illustrated: Wolves (20th)
USA Today: Pacers (23rd)
Bleacher Report: Bucks (17th)
CBS Sports: Wolves (20th)
Basketball Insider: Hawks (19th)