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Villanova’s Josh Hart named semifinalist for Naismith Player of the Year

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Wildcat senior joins nine other hoopsters.

NCAA Basketball: Creighton at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced 10 semifinalists for the 2017 Naismith Trophy and Villanova senior Josh Hart has made the list. The Award is given to the most outstanding college basketball player and will be presented at the annual Final Four Awards Brunch on April 2nd.

Hart is the only semifinalist from the BIG EAST. The Big 12 boasts three players on the list as the Pac 12, Big Ten, ACC, and the West Coast Conference are also represented.

The 6’6” guard from Silver Spring, MD is averaging 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. He is the only BIG EAST player in the Top 5 for scoring and rebounding.

If selected, Hart would become the first Villanova Wildcat to receive the prestigious award. Michael Bradley (2001) and Allan Ray (2006) were named Finalists for the Award in previous years.

2017 Naismith Trophy Men's College Player of the Year Semifinalists

First Name Last Name Class Position School Conference
First Name Last Name Class Position School Conference
Lonzo Ball Freshman G UCLA Pac 12
Ethan Happ R-Sophomore F Wisconsin Big Ten
Josh Hart Senior G Villanova Big East
Justin Jackson Junior F/G North Carolina ACC
Josh Jackson Freshman G Kansas Big 12
Luke Kennard Sophomore G Duke ACC
Frank Mason III Senior G Kansas Big 12
Johnathan Motley Junior F Baylor Big 12
Caleb Swanigan Sophomore F Purdue Big Ten
Nigel Williams-Goss R-Junior G Gonzaga West Coast