Basketball: Roman's Hart commits to St. Joe's

Roman Catholic Hakim Hart (13) grabs a pass in front of Bonner-Prendergast’s Ajiri Johnson in last season’s Catholic League championship game.

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.”

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Roman Catholic’s Hakim Hart (13) dunks against Central Bucks West in a PIAA Class 6A basketball quarterfinal victory last season.

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.