Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, staying in the NBA Draft

Villanova redshirt sophomore Donte DiVincenzo, the breakout star of the 2018 Final Four, has parlayed that historic performance into an accelerated NBA future. 

DiVincenzo announced he will leave Villanova and stay in the 2018 NBA Draft

The news is not surprising, not after DiVincenzo performed particularly well at the combine. But if you told DiVincenzo, or perhaps anyone affiliated with Villanova back in, say, January that he'd be off to the NBA in mere months?

That would have been a shock.

This turn of events is the latest example of how success and opportunistic performance in March Madness can take the stock of certain players and vault it off a trampoline. DiVincenzo became a national name overnight when he propelled Villanova to a second national title in three years back in early April. His 31 points off the bench in the national title game were the most points in a championship tilt in nearly 30 years and the most points by a non-starter in Final Four history. 

Now he's a school legend, and instead of returning to college basketball as arguably the most well-known player in the sport, he's seizing his NBA chance. 

Most expect him to be taken in the 20-30 range. 

DiVincenzo's 34.5-inch standing vertical leap was the best at this year's combine. His 42-inch max vertical leap tied with Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie for the highest jump. Plus, he checked in at 5 percent body fat -- very good. He played well in five-on-five competition, too. His lasting impression from the NCAA Tournament combined with grading out well at the combine made this decision inevitable. 

The Wildcats got 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game from DiVincenzo last season. He shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range. He's considered on the short list of the best athletes in this year's draft crop.

Villanova loses DiVincenzo but returns critical veterans Phil Booth and Eric Paschall. Previously, Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges declared their permanent intentions to go pro. Nova redshirt freshman Omari Spellman has until Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET to decide if he will stay or go. 

The Wildcats are nonetheless still highly ranked -- No. 7 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). Thanks to one of the strongest incoming freshmen classes in school history, and a big-time transfer addition, Jay Wright's team is still projected to be the best in the Big East. But 2018-19 will also be the first time Wright's coached a team that lost three underclassmen to the NBA Draft in one year. 

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his ninth season reporting on college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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