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Villanova gets commitment from Washington, D.C. swing man

Villanova coach Jay Wright picked up a key commitment when Washington, D.C., swing man Josh Hart announced his decision to play college basketball with the Wildcats.

Villanova gets commitment from Washington, D.C. swing man

Josh Hart, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, announced Wednesday he has decided to play his college basketball at Villanova starting in the fall of 2013.

Hart, who averaged 20 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season for Sidwell, chose Villanova over Penn State and Rutgers. He has been rated in ESPN’s Top 100 high school seniors and is ranked 18th among the nation's shooting guards by Scout.com.

“It was tough just because of the relationship I had with all the coaches over the last week or two,” Hart said in a telephone interview. “It was tough and stressful and now I’m happy that it’s over.”

Hart said Wildcats coach Jay Wright made it clear that college life “wasn’t so much about basketball as it was developing as a man” and being able “to compete in life after basketball.”

Asked about what talents he brings to the Wildcats, Hart replied that the strength of his game “is making everybody else better as players.

“It’s about doing the things that the coaches want me to do,” he said. “I might not hit the winning three but I’m going to be the one that goes and gets a rebound when we need it and goes on the floor for a loose ball, anything to win.”

Hart’s high school coach, Eric Singletary, said Hart “brings a high motor and an ever-improving skill set from the wing.

“He has a hunger to be good,” the coach said. “I really think he’s going to be a great player. He can’t wait to be a part of Villanova.”

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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