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NCAA Tournament Star Announces NBA Draft Decision

A general view of the Villanova's basketball court.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

The national champion Villanova Wildcats will look much different next season. Another player from the team is turning pro.

Guard Donte DiVincenzo announced earlier this week that he was staying in the draft. Today, it was Omari Spellman's turn.

Spellman, who turned in a standout season for the Wildcats as a redshirt freshman, has seen his NBA Draft stock rise recently. He could go late in the first round.

This afternoon, Spellman released a statement on social media announcing he will sign with an agent and thanking Nova Nation.

My experience in college has by far. more than anything else in my life, shaped me into the young man I am today. I have met friends that I will cherish forever. Villanova University is a very special place, and it holds an even more special place in my heart. And to my teamma- no to my brothers I will love you guys forever. Coach Wright has helped me mature as a man along with some of the best coaches in the country Kyle Neptune, Ashley Howard, George Halcovage, and Mike Nardi. I will forever appreciate everything done for me. To the Nova Nation, thank you for the support and love I have received as a member of the family and community, that is something that I will cherish forever and I know Villanova is a place I can always call home. And last, but probably the most important to me, is my mother away from home, Arleshia Davidson. We share a love and bond that will never be broken.
In saying this, I would like to announce that I will forgo my final three years of college eligibility and remain in the NBA Draft!


A five-star recruit in the 2016 class, Spellman redshirted in 2016-17. He averaged 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to help Villanova win it all this past season.

In the NCAA Tournament, Spellman scored in double figures four times, including a 15-point, 13-rebound effort in the national semifinal against Kansas. He scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards in a second round win over Alabama.