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Josh Hart removes name from the NBA Draft, returns to Villanova


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According to the man himself, Villanova rising senior Josh Hart has withdrawn his name from the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hart, along with Kris Jenkins, declared for the NBA Draft shortly after the Wildcats won the National Championship. With new rules in place for underclassmen, the pair rightfully took advantage of the opportunity to get feedback from NBA personnel.As a junior, the 6'5" shooting guard averaged 15.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds and was a finalist for the Jerry West Award which is given to the nation's top shooting guard.

Josh Hart was one of 65 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine where he measured quite well. Following the Chicago Combine, Hart worked out for the Sixers and Celtics and had plans to visit with the Spurs and Hawks. Just a week ago, Hart publicly talked about how he was split on the decision to return.

Hart's return will solidify Nova's Top 5 status heading into next season, and now 'Nova Nation can officially get excited about being one of the bookmaker's favorites to win the National Championship in 2017.

Here's the full release from Villanova, as well as an extended message from Josh Hart.