"When NC State offered me on Wednesday it was a little overwhelming," said Hart. "NC State is in an extremely strong conference, and that program has had a lot of success. Actually, I was speechless when they offered me.
"I was talking to coach Gottfried, and he told me to keep working hard. He encouraged me to stay on top of my schoolwork. It was cool because I had already looked at their facilities a couple of months ago when we visited after the Bob Gibbons Tournament.
"I thought their facilities were great. I know they were in the process of re-doing some of them and we didn't get to see much of the campus but I liked what I did see. The coaches want me to take another unofficial hopefully in September."
NC State evaluated Hart over the summer when he was playing with Team Takeover on the AAU circuit.
"I know they were at a lot of my games, especially down in Florida," he said. "I saw them down there with the other coaches. I guess that's when they decided to offer me because I played well down there.
"What I like about the NC State coaches is it seems like they are a really close group of coaches. When you know that the chemistry is there between the coaches that should carry over to the players."
Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Hart is an explosive guard who is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 14 shooting guard in the 2013 class by Scout.com. He turned heads with his play in July.
"The 16 and under Team Takeover squad is loaded with high level guards, but Hart managed to find a way to standout with his play," wrote Scout.com's Brian Snow. "He is a big-time scorer, especially going to the rim, and showed it. Also his shot making on the outside is improving. Hart had an excellent July, and coaches seemed to be growing in numbers as the month went on at his games."
"I would say I'm a great shooter, but I've become more of a slasher and that's when my game took off," said Hart. "I remember midway through a game [Team Takeover] Coach Stevens told me to keep driving and driving to the basket. Ever since then I've been doing it even more.
"I definitely need to work on my ballhandling, but I'm doing that. I know that if I can work on my ballhandling and help out with bringing the ball up the court it will make me a stronger player."
Hart was joined in the backcourt by Stanford Robinson, another 2013 recruit with a NC State offer, and next summer the duo will play with center Beejay Anya. The Wolfpack has offered Anya as well, who played with Team Takeover's 17-under team this summer.
Is there a chance the trio could play together on the next level?
"That would be great," said Hart. "I mean, we've talked about it a little bit, but not a whole lot so far. If that worked out it would be great though."
Hart now holds offers from NC State, Xavier, Penn State, and VCU. He doesn't have a leader and isn't close to making a decision but admits that NC State is under consideration.
"I'm wide open, but they would definitely be No. 1 or No. 2 among the schools that have offered me," he stated. "I want to visit them and learn some more about them.
"Like I said, I like the coaches, and the ACC is a great conference. Where I live all their games seem to be on TV because you see ACC basketball on all the time."
Hart will be taking unofficial visits to VCU and William & Mary next week.
He averaged 16 points per game as a sophomore for Washington (DC) Sidwell Friends.