Reporter kicks off news conference with odd question for Villanova player

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Villanova guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/131427/" data-ylk="slk:Donte DiVincenzo">Donte DiVincenzo</a> (10) drives to the basket against Mount St. Mary’s guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/127407/" data-ylk="slk:Junior Robinson">Junior Robinson</a> (0) during the second half of a first-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. Villanova won, 76-56. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) drives to the basket against Mount St. Mary’s guard Junior Robinson (0) during the second half of a first-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. Villanova won, 76-56. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Well, that’s one way to break the ice.

During the news conference following Villanova’s 76-56 win over Mount St. Mary’s in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Wildcats freshman Donte DiVincenzo was involved in an awkward exchange with a reporter.

DiVincenzo, who lead Villanova with 21 points off the bench, was asked about his presence on social media.

“Donte, is @DonteDiVincenzo your actual Twitter account?” a reporter asked the redshirt freshman.

DiVincenzo, who had just played 37 minutes in one of the most important games of his young career, was cordial, answering, “Yes, it is. But I don’t have Twitter anymore.”

To make things even more odd, the reporter dug deeper, calling out DiVincenzo’s following – or lack thereof.

“But you only have, like, 4,500 followers?” the reporter asked.

While it may not seem overly strange that a student is asked about his Twitter account – especially considering Villanova’s cell phone policy – DiVincenzo hasn’t tweeted on the account in nearly a year and the reporter’s questions were the first ones taken following head coach Jay Wright’s opening statement.

Here’s a full transcript of the exchange:


The quirky exchange quickly ended, as the same reporter reportedly admitted DiVincenzo’s Twitter activity wasn’t his “real” inquiry before asking the guard a far more relevant question about his performance off the bench.


Regardless, perhaps DiVincenzo should consider himself lucky for not being on Twitter. The 6-foot-5 guard’s attempted dunk earned him some roasting on social media earlier on Thursday.

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