Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Nova's Donte DiVincenzo deletes Twitter account containing offensive tweets

Nova's Donte DiVincenzo deletes Twitter account containing offensive tweets

Unfortunately for Villanova, the offending posts, which featured prominent uses of the N-word and derogatory terms for gay people, came from DiVincenzo's high school days and earlier, making it unlikely the account was hacked.

DiVincenzo was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player after the game and named to the All-Tournament team, too, after more than doubling his season points average in the biggest game of Villanova's season. "But I never remember doing that".

No tweets, however, came from DiVincenzo's account on Monday.

The statement was later pulled back because the age of the tweets contradicted the school's version of the events.

Until the Twitter revelation - and maybe in spite of it - DiVincenzo has been Villanova's unquestioned hero off the bench. ESPN draft scribe Jonathan Givony rated him as only the 63rd-best prospect in this year's potential class before the NCAA tournament, and another year with the Wildcats - this time as a starter - could be even more beneficial to his credentials than his massive game against MI.

And yet at the end of Villanova's 79-62 victory over MI in Monday night's national title game, it was clear that in 2018, the team hoisting the trophy was the premier squad in the country. He was a sixth starter, ' Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

DiVincenzo's scoring total was the most ever in the tournament by a non-starter in a national championship game and the most overall in a title game since Seton Hall's John Morton scored 35 against MI in 1989. 'He had a clear head and he did whatever we needed all year. "And I didn't think we had the same fire on defense".

When Villanova was struggling with its shots early in the first half, DiVincenzo provided a wakeup call for the Wildcats.

But DiVincenzo said no way with a perfectly executed block.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 23 points for the Wolverines (33-8) and Moritz Wagner hit for 16, but they didn't have enough help.

No. 3 MI tried to fight back, but DiVencenzo kept hitting shot-after-shot to keep the Wildcats on top. "And just trying to play off each other and just trying to make sure we're all playing together".

"But we spent a lot of time talking with him". I knew he was proud at that moment'.

'Honestly, when I got into the game, all I was trying to do was play hard, ' DiVincenzo said.

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