NCB On The Trail: Donte Divincenzo

Jalen Brunson highlights Villanova class

November, 13, 2014
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ESPN 100 point guard Jalen Brunson (No. 23 overall) officially signed his letter of intent with Villanova on Wednesday, the school announced, as the early signing period got underway.

"Jalen is a dynamic guard and the son of two outstanding college athletes in Sandra and Rick Brunson," Villanova head coach Jay Wright told the school's website. "He is an elite student and he will bring energy and passion to the court and classroom at Villanova."

Joining Brunson in Philadelphia next season will be two four-star prospects: power forward Tim Delaney and shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo.

"Tim is an outstanding young man who has size, skill and a great basketball IQ," Wright added. "Donte DiVincenzo is one of the most heralded players to come out of Delaware in a long time. We're so excited to welcome this class to the Villanova family."
2015 guard Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) made a verbal commitment to Villanova on Friday, giving Wildcats coach Jay Wright the news in person while his high school team was on the Philadelphia campus to watch practice.

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The Orangemen have done an excellent job at targeting underclassmen. The recently landed ESPN No. 12 Malachi Richardson (Hamilton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy) is an outstanding shooter with excellent size and incredible overall polish for a young prospect. Also committed is power forward Tyler Lydon (Pine Plains, N.Y. /New Hampton School).

ESPN No. 19 small forward Derrick Jones (Philadelphia/Archbishop Carroll High School) is a dynamic athlete and finisher who plays at the rim. They are also heavily involved and in the final six schools for Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) He is an AAU teammate of Richardson and they both play for Team Final.
When the July evaluation period ended five days ago, the recruiting news was just getting started.

The biggest news of the week in the Northeast region centered around the commitment of Phil Booth to Villanova, planned visits for Isaiah Whitehead, and trimmed lists from both Kaleb Joseph and Ja'Quan Newton. But the news on those ESPN 100 guards was really just the tip of the iceberg because there have been plenty of other commitments, offers and scheduled visits coming across the wires.

Here’s a look at a plethora of basketball recruiting news and notes from the Northeast:

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READING, Pa. -- The Hoop Group opened the July evaluation period in its customary fashion: by hosting one of the biggest exposure basketball camps in the United States with more 800 campers converging on Albright College this week for session II of the Hoop Group Elite Camp.

While the sheer size of the camp attracts coaches from all levels of college basketball, what really differentiates this camp are the players themselves. Although there was a fair share of big names in the field, a consistent theme was the desire for players to prove themselves in front of college coaches. As a result, this turned into an ideal venue to spot under-the-radar and young talent.

Here were the top performers from the Hoop Group Elite Camp, including big-name players, under-the-radar stars and the top underclassmen.

Big-Name Players

Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln)
2014, SG, 6-4, 195
Offers from Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, St. John’s and Syracuse, among others


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