MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks introduced their first-round draft pick, Donte DiVincenzo on Monday, June 25 at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center.
The Bucks selected the Villanova guard with the 17th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night, June 21. He knows a lot about winning, and said he’s looking forward to bringing that winning culture to Milwaukee.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey spoke with the newest Bucks’ player one-on-one on Monday.
“I mean, it’s been unreal. I mean, the championship game happened — the next day I was in the gym trying to prepare for this. I have been in a different city every other day, so it’s been unreal. It’s been a grind and I’m just thankful to land here,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “Is there now a sense of relief knowing where you are where you can be settled and where you can take the next chapter of your life and career?”
“Yeah, absolutely — just in terms of being able to get comfortable. When you are going from city to city, you’re not really comfortable. You’re going in there a little taken back, so now I get to come in here, get comfortable, get my feet wet and just get going,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “Did you know anything about Milwaukee before you came here –and what are some of your first impressions of the city?”
“I mean, it’s awesome. When I got here at the hotel, I told them, I walked around with my mom and dad and there’s people yelling and driving in cars yelling my name saying they can’t wait. It’s just exciting,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “What do you think is the most valuable lesson learned from Jay Wright and playing at Villanova?”
“Just attitude. Just keeping a good attitude. Bad play, good play — just coming back the next day and working hard to get better,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “Do you feel because they want someone that can contribute sooner than later, do you feel any pressure or do you fuel off of that, knowing you are expected to make an impact sooner than later?”
“I’ve had to scrap and grind for everything I’ve gotten, and now I’m here because of that. Going into the season, I’m going to do the same thing and not worry about the results. I’m just going to worry about working hard and being the hardest worker and getting better every day and let that take over,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “Where do you want to see your game improve and where do you want to grow in this rookie year for you?”
“I want to be more reliable in ball handling, initiating the offense — and I want to be more reliable on defense and just being in better shape. You can’t not be in great shape, so just being in better shape and just being able to play longer minutes,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “Knowing that Coach Bud is a developmental coach, what are you most excited about playing for him?”
“Just getting better, honestly. Coach and I talked about it when I was here before and just getting better and seeing where my talents can take me,” said DiVincenzo.
FOX6’s Kaitlin Sharkey: “So what’s next? After this, what’s the next part of this journey for you?”
“Summer league. Summer league — just getting in for summer league with the guys and just being able to get to work,” said DiVincenzo.
A 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore, DiVincenzo was selected as the 2018 Final Four Most Outstanding Player after he averaged 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the Final Four, including scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Wildcats’ win over Michigan in the national championship game. DiVincenzo was named the 2017-18 BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range.