Reporter kicks off news conference with odd question for Villanova player

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)
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:

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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.

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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.