Hart sees interest increase

The recruiting interest has picked up for four-star wing Josh Hart since he helped Team Takeover to an impressive showing this spring.

Four-star class of 2013 wing Josh Hart made an impression this spring playing with Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL circuit. The multi dimensional scorer had some impressive games, and now his recruitment is beginning to get even more serious.

For any team on the EYBL a big accomplishment is to be playing in July in North Augusta, South Carolina at the Peach Jam. Team Takeover accomplished that, and Hart was a big reason why.

"I think the spring went pretty well," said Hart. "As a team we qualified for Peach Jam and that was our big goal. Also in our last 11 games I think we went 8-3. I feel really confident in our team going into July and going into the Peach Jam."

He continued, "Personally I think the spring went very well. Playing against the great competition in the EYBL helped my overall game from defense, to rebounding, to scoring. I have been working out with a trainer and I have really been working on my ball handling and attacking the basket. Also I have been working at school to get stronger."

When it comes to his recruitment, several schools have really picked things up with him.

"The ones really recruiting me the hardest right now are Georgetown, Temple, North Carolina State, George Washington, Penn State, San Diego State, Villanova, and Marquette," listed Hart.

Close to home is Georgetown. The Hoyas have had him near the top of their recruiting list for a while, and they continue to do a good job of recruiting him.

"That is going very well," said Hart of the Hoyas. "I have known Coach (Kenya) Hunter for over a year, and we have built a good relationship. It is really local so that is one thing to take in to consideration. Also their education is really good and they recruit good kids both on and off the floor. That is a big thing for me and they are a school I like."

Another school that has been recruiting Hart for a long time is NC State. The Wolfpack are looking to make waves in the Washington D.C. area, and Hart is one of their top targets.

"It has been going really well with NC State," said Hart. "I feel like I talk to Coach (Rob) Moxley weekly. I am building a real good relationship with him. Also I talk to Coach (Mark) Gottfried often. They talk about how I fit into their style."

He continued about NC State, "This year they had a great run making it to the Sweet 16, and then the recruiting class that they have coming in is top five in the country so they have a great upside. That is very appealing to me right now."

Also the Penn State Nittany Lions have done a good job of making sure Hart knows he is wanted.

"I am starting to build a good relationship with Coach Keith Urgo and Coach (Patrick) Chambers as well," said Hart. "I have been talking to them about how I fit in. They see me as a shooting guard, and how their up tempo style of play fits my game. That is appealing to me right now."

He continued, "Also with Penn State they are very strong on the academic side. It is a great institution so you can never go wrong with a Penn State education."

When it comes to visits, a Monday visit with George Washington is happening, and then Hart also hopes to make a trip to Philadelphia to visit Villanova and Temple before the end of the month.

For now Hart is focusing in and trying to determine which school fits him best. Hart has a good idea of what is important to him and what he will be looking for in a school.

"Really the first thing is a great education," said Hart. "That is a main factor. On the basketball side I am looking for a coaching staff that I have a good relationship with and that is upfront and fair with their recruitment. Also I am looking for a great community that supports their athletic program."


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