By the time Mike Brey left Donte Divincenzo’s open gym on Tuesday, the Notre Dame men’s basketball coach had personally extended an offer to the 2015 Delaware guard.
“I was happy,” the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder from Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., said. “It’s a big-time, ACC school and it’s a great academic program as well, so I was really happy.
“He likes that I’m a big-sized guard who can handle the ball and run the show. He likes how I control the game with my team in high school and thinks that my athleticism and smarts will carry over in college.”
And Brey’s program and school is one that Divincenzo likes as well.
“That’s definitely a school because, like I said, the ACC conference itself is amazing,” said Divincenzo. “Any big-time school like that is definitely going to catch my eye.”
The junior prospect will get the chance to check out Notre Dame for himself later this month.
“I’m actually going out there Oct. 18th for the USC football game,” he said. “It’s going to be crazy.
“I’m going to be able to watch their practice, so I’m going to look at how they run their offense. I know they’re just getting started with practice. I’m going to look at how Coach Brey coaches, the campus itself and I’ll definitely ask questions about academics and stuff.”
Notre Dame isn’t the only school that has Divincenzo’s early interest.
“Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Boston College are really up there, but there are a lot of schools that I have interest in,” he said.
Divincenzo has offers from each of the schools he listed except for Syracuse, although the Orange are seriously interested.
“I’ve been in touch with their assistants and I’m supposed to go up there for a visit sometime soon,” he said. “I just went up to Rutgers this past Saturday and I’m going to Villanova’s Midnight Madness Oct. 26th.”
Divincenzo is confident he’ll find the right fit for him.
“When I find the school, I’m going to know it’s right,” he said. “I’m going to find a team that has that family atmosphere that also stresses the academic side.
“I want to find an offense that allows you to make mistakes because you’re going to make mistakes in the game and a coach that will give you a shot to make it up on the defensive end. Also, somewhere that my mom and dad will be able to watch me whether it’s on TV or coming to the games.”