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2016 Villanova Basketball Preview: Josh Hart

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Looking at the Wildcats' first preseason All-American since Kerry Kittles.

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Hometown: Silver Spring, MD


High School: Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.)


Height: 6’5.5


Weight: 215


Career Stats (2015-2016 Season) :

SEASON

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2015-16

31.4

5.8-11.2

51.3%

1.4-3.9

35.7%

2.6-3.4

72.3%

6.8

1.9

0.3

1.2

2.2

1.7

15.5

2014-15

25.5

3.4-6.7

51.5%

1.4-3.1

46.4%

1.8-2.7

67.0%

4.5

1.5

0.4

1.1

2.1

1.1

10.1

2013-14

21.4

2.6-5.1

50.0%

0.8-2.4

31.3%

1.9-2.8

67.7%

4.4

0.9

0.3

0.6

2.4

0.6

7.8


Player Preview

Hart was a talented recruit to Villanova, but it wasn't until entering last season that he really started to draw the eyes of NBA scouts. He became a vital piece of the Wildcats' starting line-up as a junior, chipping in for a lot of points, and lining up at the 3 and 4 where he was often mismatched against opposing forwards.

The senior wing returns to school for his last season with a fire in his belly and something to prove to NBA onlookers who maybe didn't see enough last season to guarantee him a first round pick over the summer. He'll be one of the 'Cats most reliable and proven scoring options as they head into the season, and will serve as one of the team's leaders both on and off the court. He's consistent and productive on offense, but also shows great effort to play hard on defense and on the boards.

He comes into the 2016-17 season as a preseason All-America pick, and a contender for the Naismith Award (for the best college player). Based on the evidence from his first three seasons at Villanova, fans are certainly expecting that he'll make a run at both honors in the post-season. He's the Big East's preseason Player of the Year pick as well.

He can attack the lane, and has enough range on his jumper to make you nervous, and he's smart enough to take advantage of whatever options he's getting from the defense. He's also a tough kid who grabbed just under seven boards per game despite often battling larger opponents. His three prior years of experience mean that he's played plenty of games and seen it all at this point -- he's a veteran leader who knows what it takes to come out ahead.

Best Case Scenario: Hart goes on a tear again this season, scoring boatloads of points, rebounding like never before and proving that nobody in the game can work as hard as him. His on-the-court intelligence and experience make the rest of the team better, and the 'Cats are able to continue their dominant streak. NBA scouts rave about his development and recommend a lottery pick grade.

Worst Case Scenario: Hart fails to improve on last season's numbers, but continues to provide a consistent and productive contribution from the wing. He finishes the season as one of the top two scorers on the team, and the team wins some more hardware. NBA scouts still view him as a pro, and he gets picked up in the late first round or early second.

The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2016-2017 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.