COLLEGE: VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
AGE: 20 YEARS OLD
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 15.5pts, 6.8reb, 1.9ast
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE TO LATE 2ND ROUND/HAS A CHANCE TO RISE UP DRAFT BOARDS IF HE CAN PLAY PG/SG (COMBO GUARD)
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: DION WAITERS/HIS CEILING
PLAYER SUMMARY: Villanova was an excellent team this past season. Heading into the NCAA tournament, however few expected the Wildcats to accomplish what they did. Head Coach Jay Wright’s team shocked the country by winning the national championship on junior forward Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beating 3-pointer against North Carolina. While Jenkins was the hero in the championship game, Josh Hart was Villanova’s best player all season long and in our opinion, one of the more underrated players in America.
Hart is a junior who has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and it looks like he will stay in it. He is a very solid perimeter shooter who has improved mightily since stepping foot on Villanova’s campus. He has shown the ability to knock down clutch shots at big moments of games and he wants the ball in those situations. He is not afraid of failure and loves the spotlight.
Hart does everything well on the basketball court, however he does nothing at an elite level. This might hurt him come NBA Draft time as he doesn’t have one particular skill that would be considered top-notch. The 20-year old shooting guard has been one of the best 2 way players in college basketball the past 2 seasons. He is a very solid ball-handler as the Wildcats employ a 3 guard rotation the majority of the time. Hart is an outstanding individual defender and is a very good rebounder for his position.
We really like Hart’s awareness on the court. He has a high basketball IQ and always seems to make the right and smart decisions while on the court. In other words he is a player who coaches would love to have on their team. At 6’5″ Hart has good but not prototypical size for the SG position at the NBA level. He has a strong body and is an above average athlete, although not an elite one.
We have a couple of questions about Hart’s NBA potential. 1. Does he have a high upside? 2. Can he possibly play the PG position so that he can be a combo guard PG/SG? If Hart can prove to NBA general managers and scouts in individual workouts that he can be a combo guard he might be selected higher than his projected draft slot as of now (middle to end of second round).
We have followed Villanova and Josh Hart closely the past few seasons. We really like Josh Hart and what he brings to a basketball team. As previously mentioned he does everything well on the basketball court, just nothing at an elite level. With that being said he is a tremendous competitor and has the ability to make an NBA team and be a solid role player. There are spots in the NBA for a player like Josh Hart. He has the ability in time to be a very good role player for an NBA franchise.
UPDATE: JOSH HART IS RETURNING TO VILLANOVA FOR HIS SENIOR YEAR (MAY 25, 2016)
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