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:
Imagine leading off an NCAA Tournament press conference with this question. pic.twitter.com/U7xJ3XwR0U
— Robert O'Neill (@RobertONeill31) March 17, 2017
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.
@RobertONeill31 It looks silly in on paper but in the moment, it wasn't actually that bad. Left out "Okay, my real question is…"
— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) March 17, 2017
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.