Four-Star Hart Eyes Five Visits

Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) small forward Josh Hart has seen his recruitment explode as a four-star recruit this summer. Up to approximately 25 verbal scholarship offers, Hart has two schools standing out early and a handful more in contention for August visits.

Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.) small forward Josh Hart has seen his stock rise dramatically through the summer with eight offers coming in since the end of the school year.

A four-star prospect and the No. 16 player at his position, Hart feels the need to slow down his recruitment and take it all in.

"It's going really well for me," Hart said. "It kind of took off. I know in the last couple weeks, I got maybe seven or eight new offers. It's really starting to sky-rocket."

Up to 25 total offers, Hart said the process took a challenging turn because of the time it will take to weigh his options.

"It's pretty excited, but kind of bad in a sense that it's more schools that I have to say no to," Hart said. "With a lot of options, it's hard to give everyone a fair look at come to a decision.

"Right now I'm still open, but I'll try to cut it down to seven or eight in August. I have some visits I need to take."

Hart named recent offers Villanova and Cincinnati as the two standing out to him before his August visits.

"I really like both of the coaching staffs and their style of play," he said. "I think it fits what I can do. … That's what I'm looking for. I want a good academic school, a good coaching staff and a good environment on and off the court. It has to fit me."

No visits are set, but he has his eyes on an early five of Villanova, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas State and Rutgers.

Rutgers was one of the first schools in on Hart, but recently amped up its recruitment.

"I kind of just started learning about them," Hart said. "I know they offered me about a year ago, but they hadn't really stepped in and started recruiting me until a couple of weeks ago. I just started getting information about them."

Rutgers coach Mike Rice and assistant Dave Cox have strong ties to the D.C. area and Hart said he feels comfortable with what he has heard from the staff so far.

"I'm definitely serious about them," he said. "I know [Jerome Seagears] is from DC and [Wally Judge], I know him too. … It's a good school and everything."

The 6-foot-5 Hart averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game for Sidwell last season.

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