LAS VEGAS The word "dream" comes up a lot in the Las Vegas Summer League. For some, it's true. For others, it drives them to keep trying. 59005] For Donte DiVincenzo, the first round of the NBA draft is not a dream, it's the last box that is being checked for a forecast that was made several years ago.

During his junior year at Salesianum, he told one of his coaches that he wanted to win a state championship, be the year's player, win a national championship at college and be a first round in the NBA. [19659006] Four years later DiVincenzo finds all the goals achieved after Milwaukee Bucks chose him with No. 17 in the NBA draft.

"There has been a whirlwind, honestly," said DiVincenzo.

DiVincenzo is not joking when he says that in recent months he has known "back to back".

Before Bucks picked him in June, DiVincenzo won a national title with Villanova in March, declared for the draft in April and had a fatigue on the NBA Combine in May.

Since then, he has gone through his handbag which is one of the first 30 names called in Brooklyn: Media Requests, Official Inventions, Even Throwing

Now he has some time to focus on what has got woke him so much attention.

"This week when we were in the little mini camp we had my time to take a deep breath," DiVincenzo said. "I spent time with guys on the team, and that's when it really fell in."

It seemed as if nothing could slow DiVincenzo down, but a correct light damage has kept him from Milwaukee's first three summer games. DiVincenzo said he suffered the injury a few weeks ago and has received treatment since he arrived at Milwaukee.

Even though he expressed his desire to put on a Bucks uniform and play in Las Vegas, the time has allowed him to take a step away and start adapting to the professional game.

"There are different terminologies and all that is the gap is different, but basketball is basketball," he said. "We've played it all our lives, so when you go out and just playing basketball, everything is simple."

If DiVincenzo fits into Las Vegas, he will pistol for a place in the rotation as the season draws closer. A summery debut pales in comparison to a regular season one, but before that happens, DiVincenzo has something that has seemed rare since the national championship: time. His plan on how he wants to use that time is simple.

"Better and better," he said. "Get my health right, right now. To play as hard as possible in the summer and then get ready for training camp. Just build trust of all, all veterinarians on the buckles."

Wearing a State's Weight

As his profile grew throughout the NCAA tournament, so did the popularity of his Michael Jordan of Delaware moniker, which Villanova's head coach Jay Wright gave him a snap to his "rock star" status in high school.

Brendan Haley, Divincenzas coach at Salesianum, said Wright was worried about whether he would have to deal with a big ego when DiVincenzo arrived at Villanova, but it was far from the case. In fact, Wright thinks the attention he received while Salesianum helps DiVincenzo to handle hype.

"I told all the guys in the NBA, he expects to be a star," said Wright. "He's used to being a star, and he's doing well. You'll like how he becomes humble, he's professional and I see him do it right now."

In representing the state of Delaware, said Wright that DiVincenzo is proud to be from Delaware but has a "very narrow focus" on the goal in front of him. Haley said that his former star embraces responsibility and believes that DiVincenzo does not think too much about it.

"People are talking about getting packages so they could watch Bucks games," said Haley. "It's amazing the effect he has on Delaware in terms of pride."

The amount of support he receives from locals surprised the coach, considering DiVincenzo played for what Haley proclaimed as the "evil empire" at Salesianum. [19659006] Wright said, "If Salesianum is the evil empire, he was the evil killer that everyone was after and I was very impressed with how he handled it."

Stayed with Villanova

Everything that can make A honeymoon's transition is easier for early success, including with others sharing that experience. For DiVincenzo, he said he is in touch with his former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Omari Spellman and Mikal Bridges, who all play in Las Vegas.

"It's enough to see Mikal, JB, Donate, everyone does it," said Spellman, who is at the Atlanta Hawks. "It's just a blessing that we're here. It's a blessing we got here as we did."

The quartet is the latest in a new stream of Villanova Wildcats to flood the professional leaders. Villanova sent three assistant coaches to catch up with them like other former players, Daniel Ochefu, Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono.

That all these players keep in touch with each other do not surprise Wright, who takes "a lot of pride" that his players are close. This connection is especially helpful to DiVincenzo, the single rookie on Milwaukee's roster.

"Some guys have two draft picks that they can turn to each other," says DiVincenzo. "But I turn to Jalen, Mikal and Omari."

One final second decision

After his performance in the national title game, it was not shocking DiVincenzo explained the draft. His stock was probably as high as it could be, which led to some wondering why he decided to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. It seemed like he had a bit to win because he had already entered a cross-border first round perspective.

But from the first day DiVincenzo became the head. His 42-inch vertical jump is first linked to the event. When scrimmages began, he continued his impressive game run and Wright knew his star guard was gone.

Wright heard about 16 teams had DiVincenzo rated as a first round and a few days before May 30th the last day both knew what would happen.

"I said," Look, you're in good shape, you have to go, "Wright said." DiVincenzo said, "Yes, I'll go. I will not announce it until the 30th. I'll go. ""

About a month later on draft night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver went to the stage with Milwaukee decisions in his hand. Silver is called DiVincenzo's name, hugs were shared and a moment DiVincenzo predicted four years before it came to fruition .

"It's a dream that's true to come to play for Milwaukee Bucks," he said. "When the draft was passing, some teams passed, I hoped that Milwaukee would pick me up and thankfully they did, and I'll just give all to them. "