The San Antonio Spurs might have two Villanova standouts on their draft radar.
It is officially NBA draft season. With the lottery’s commencement last Tuesday, it set up the first 14 picks of the draft order and solidified how everything will shape up to be in June, barring any trades that take place between. The San Antonio Spurs were not part of the lottery and will select No. 18.
With the Combine taking place over the weekend, it was a chance for NBA teams to evaluate the collegiate and international prospects of the 2018 class. Players went through different exercises, workouts and scrimmages to impress the NBA officials in attendance.
For the Spurs, they seem to have an eye on two Villanova prospects. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Donte DiVincenzo met with the Silver and Black at the Combine, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves, among other teams. Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com also reported that Omari Spellman will meet with San Antonio on May 26 for a workout.
DiVincenzo mostly worked off the bench for Villanova in 2017-18, but broke out with a 31-point game in the National Championship. To show scouts what else he can do aside from shooting 3-pointers, the Wildcat standout delivered the Combine’s best vertical leap, at 42 inches, according to Sporting News.
Spellman was a top starter for Villanova at power forward, averaging 10.9 points, 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. However, in the same Sporting News piece, it was noted that he tested below-average in body fat agility, which could impact a decision to return to school for the 2018-19 season.
Both players would fill roles for the Spurs, though. DiVincenzo can act as a young shooting guard replacement for any of the potential departures (Danny Green, Bryn Forbes and Manu Ginobili). Spellman can take a backup big-man spot.
It’s still unknown if either player will remain in the 2018 NBA Draft, but they have until the middle of June to decide. Do they make sense for the Spurs?