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LeBron James says Donte DiVincenzo ‘made himself a lot of money’

Count LeBron James among the college basketball fans left amazed by the standout performance from Donte DiVincenzo, who led the Villanova Wildcats to another national championship.

DiVincenzo, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard who was the Big East’s Sixth Man of the Year, scored a game-high 31 points off the bench in Villanova’s 79-62 win over the Michigan Wolverines, paving the way to Most Outstanding Player honors.

And in James’ mind, such a brilliant game could pay off big-time for DiVincenzo in one significant way.

“He made himself a lot of money. That’s the first thing I thought,” James said Tuesday, via’s Chris Fedor. “Obviously, I’m not with the whole college thing so I don’t care about that. He made himself a lot of money last night and not because of the way he was shooting, but he was doing it all. He was getting into the lane, and-1s. Backdoors. Lobs. Verticality with (Charles) Matthews at the peak, showing his athleticism. And then when the game started to kind of get (close) when Michigan cut it to 12, boom, he hits another backbreaker. Michigan kind of gets it to 10, boom, he shows up again.”

It merits noting that it’s unclear at this point whether DiVincenzo, hardly considered an NBA-caliber player heading into the Tournament, will decide to declare for the draft the not. But as James pointed out, if DiVincenzo does declare, he set himself up for a bigger payday.

All that aside, James, an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan, simply loved seeing rival Michigan go down in the title game.

“But the best team won and I’m actually happy they won a little bit because we don’t really speak that other team’s name around here. I feel for the kids though,” James said.