When Josh Hart called Villanova assistant Billy Lange on Wednesday to tell him that he wanted to be a Wildcat, the Sidwell Friends senior guard expected a warm reception on the other end. What he got was a deafening earful of screams.
“I had to hold the phone away from my ear for a good minute because he was yelling so loud,” Hart said after announcing his decision before family and friends at a Tenleytown restaurant. “He was out celebrating his wife’s birthday, so he said when people ask what he got his wife as a gift, he will say ‘Josh Hart.’”
Indeed, with Hart’s commitment, the Wildcats snagged quite the package. After averaging 19.96 points per game while leading Sidwell to a share of the Mid-Atlantic Conference title, the 6-foot-5 Hart exploded on the AAU circuit with Team Takeover this past summer. His high motor and versatile play garnered attention from the likes of Georgetown and Richmond before he narrowed his list to Villanova, Rutgers and Penn State.
Hart said he chose Villanova on Sunday but decided to sleep on his decision for a few days before making it official.
“What made Villanova stand out was what they were offering me off the court, as far as developing me into a man,” Hart said. “Coach [Jay] Wright is a sharp guy, and with the way they presented themselves and laid out their plan for me, I couldn’t say no.”
According to Hart, Villanova’s coaches are expecting “big things” from the D.C. duo, with plans to use them at multiple positions in hopes of stretching the defense behind their penetrating and shooting abilities.
“No one in this area plays with a higher motor than Josh,” Sidwell Coach Eric Singletary said. “He’s grown a lot, become stronger and with this decision behind him, I’m expecting him to be a great leader during his senior season.”