Roman Catholic senior wing Hakim Hart narrowed his college basketball list to a trio of Big Five schools, and announced Wednesday afternoon that he was bound for Hawk Hill.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder committed to play for St. Joseph’s in a ceremony at Roman. He chose the Hawks over runners-up La Salle and Temple.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” Hart said. “A big thing for me was the visit I took to St. Joe’s about a week-and-a-half ago. The players and coaches made me feel right at home.”
Hart averaged 15.1 points last season while helping the Cahillites post a 24-6 record and claim their third state title in four seasons with a 90-82 defeat of District 12 rival Lincoln.
Hart, who plays AAU ball for Philly Pride, said he also had scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, and Tulane.
The 17-year-old transferred to Roman after playing one season at South Jersey’s Kingsway Regional.
Hart, who earned second-team all-Catholic League honors last season, is the first commit for St. Joseph’s in the class of 2019.
“I just wanted to put the recruiting process behind me, so I could start focusing on my senior season,” he said.