Villanova Basketball: Guard Josh Hart Picks the Wildcats

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 10, 2012

Jan 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright during the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Wells Fargo Center. Marquette defeated Villanova 82-78. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Hart, a 6'5"shooting guard from Washington D.C., has picked the Villanova Wildcats, according to Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.Com.

Hart picked Villanova over Penn State and Rutgers. He also held offers from several other Division-I schools including Arizona, Memphis, Xavier, N.C. State and UConn.

In an interview earlier this week with Adam Zagoria of, Hart said of Villanova, "I really like the coaching staff. They’re really great, really genuine. They are the only school that hasn’t negatively recruited during the whole recruiting process. That’s always a positive.”

Hart is considered the 18th-best shooting guard by and the 87th-best player in the 2013 class by says of Hart:

Hart burst onto the scene with a huge month of July in which he picked up multiple scholarship offers. He is at his best getting to the mid-range off the bounce, but also is very capable of scoring from deep. Only an average athlete, he isn't the most aggressive defender in the country, but offensively he separates himself with his ability to play and his shot-making.

Last year as a junior, Hart averaged 20 points and 11.6 rebounds a game at Sidwell Friends School. 

Eric Watkins of says of Hart's commitment to Villanova:

Hart is best suited to play the 2 or 3 in Wright's system. However, one of his primary strengths is his versatility. Hart has the strength, size and handle to potentially play the 1 or 4 in emergency situations as well. Coach Wright places a lot of value in players that he can use interchangeably at various positions on the floor.

Hart joins four-star power forward Kris Jenkins in Villanova's 2013 class. Jenkins, who is also from the Washington D.C. area, is considered the 76th-best prospect in the 2013 class by

Look for head coach Jay Wright to try to go after a wing or a center to close out the class.