3 - Josh Hart

6-5, 210 Shooting Guard
Villanova Senior
03/06/95 (24.8 yrs)
Washington, DC
High School
Sidwell Friends School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Keith Bogans

Strengths:  From an offensive standpoint, Hart improved on just about everything as a senior … He scored an impressive 18.7 points per game on a very efficient .51% from the field … He also raised his long range percentage to 40% on a healthy 5.1 attempts per game (up from 3.9 as a junior) … Mature and well rounded game … Scrappy competitor … His long range shot will be a selling point in a league that value’s spacing … He’ll make most of his NBA living spotting up … As a senior, he also got to the charity stripe a career high 4.7 times per game, and knocked them down at a respectable 75% clip … While his NBA calling card will likely be as a spacer on offense, his increased aptitude as a slasher and good finishing power at the rim will help … He’s a willing passer with a high court IQ, which helped him tally an impressive 2.9 assists per game as a senior … Hart is a very good rebounder for a guard (6.4 per game) . At 6’4’’ and  (6’8.5’’ wingspan) barefoot he’ll measure up pretty well for an NBA shooting guard, he’s a well built 205-215 pounds (204 at last year’s combine) and will be able to keep up with more guards than one’s he’s outmatched against … Hart is a competitor, and was an elite defensive guard in college … Averaged 1.6 steals per game in route to a share of the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year award … Josh also tested pretty well as an athlete last year at the combine … A 38.5’’ max vertical was one of his more impressive stats, but he doesn’t quite fit the bill as an elite overall athlete …  He fits the prototype of a 3 and D role player in the NBA, who also increased his effectiveness as a distributor at Villanova. It should also be noted that he’s incredibly coachable and mature … Josh Hart should have little trouble transitioning to the NBA from a work ethic and maturity standpoint …

Weaknesses: While Hart is above average in terms of athletic ability, and certainly has his strengths, he’s not overly explosive … May struggle at the next level to create open looks as he lacks speed and size … Not the quickest leaper, this may catch up to him a little more against stronger competition … Lacks great size for the wing … At 22 and as a player who’s improved tremendously, his lack of perceived upside is a major factor that is preventing him from being a high pick … Defensive efficiency numbers are just average. Lack of great lateral speed limits his ability to stand out in this area … Jack of all trades, master of none type. He has rounded out his weak spots fairly well, but still doesn’t have any skill that will stand out at the next level … Hart has improved as an overall shooter, but he’s still not great operating in the mid range … As a two guard, he’s also not a high level ball handler at this point in his development … While solid, he’s not going to provide as much versatility as some in a league with increasingly interchangeable backcourts …

Outlook: A high character kid with a strong family support system, was an Eagle scout as a youth.. After winning an NCAA title as a junior, and testing the NBA waters the following May, Hart returned to Villanova, and put together a terrific senior campaign … Hart is a proven winner with a track record of improvement, and hard work … He fits into the defined NBA role, of a 3 and D type player … In 4 years of college ball he never shot under 50% as a shooting guard, and I feel Hart’s IQ and work ethic will help him fit on an NBA roster and be willing to contribute from day 1 … While not a player who is being looked at in terms of high upside, Hart could surprise some people in terms of how early and to what level he contributes early in his career … Considered a likely 2nd round pick …

Notes: Measured 6′ 4” barefoot, 6′ 5.5” in shoes, 203.6 lbs, 6′ 8.5” wingspan and 8′ 3.5” standing reach at the 2016 NBA Draft Combine … Measured 6’4.5 (in shoes) 196 lbs, with a 6’7.5 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy.

 Dave Ray 5/11/17

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