The Sun’s Arizin: Remembering Josh Hart’s Villanova Basketball Career

Happy Nova Nation Game Day! There are plenty of primers and previews for tonight’s Marquette game, including our own preview of Dan Reagan’s game. But today we’re going to focus a little more on the ceremony which will take place at half-time tonight, as one of Villanova’s all-time greats is celebrated. Josh Hart will see his jersey lifted to the rafters, and he certainly deserves that honor. Let’s get into all the reasons why.

When I describe Hart as one of the best to have played at Villanova, I don’t just mean it. Statistically, he is truly one of the most productive Wildcats of all time.

  • 10th all-time in points: 1,921
  • 14th all-time in rebounds: 812
  • 17th all-time in steals: 160
  • 30th all-time in assists: 266

And if the all-time rankings weren’t impressive enough, the list of accolades Hart has racked up during his time on the main line is truly remarkable:

  • 2014 Big East Freshman Team
  • 2015 Big East Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2015 Big East Tournament MVP
  • 2016 NCAA Tournament All Region Team
  • 2016 NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • 2017 AP All American Preseason
  • 2017 Big East Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2017 Big East Player of the Year
  • 2017 Big East Tournament MVP
  • Winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Prize
  • 2017 Naismith Award Finalist
  • 2017 USBWA Player of the Year Finalist
  • 2017 Consensus All-American First Team
  • 3X All-Big East Tournament First Team (’15-’17)
  • 2X All-Big East First Team (’16,’17)
  • 2X Wooden Award Finalist (’16,’17)
  • 2X Big East Tournament MVP (’15,’17)

But a stat or an award is not what we remember from these great players. These are the moments and performances that stand out the most and that fans will remember the longest. Here are some of those great moments for Josh Hart.

The comeback wins against Notre Dame

In his senior season, Hart put the Wildcats on their toes and scored a career-high 37 points to lead Villanova to a comeback against Notre Dame.

The comeback to beat Seton Hall

Possibly the signature game of Hart’s career, the 2017 Big East Player of the Year stormed the lane with his team down to grab a rebound and put it back to give Villanova the advantage for good and send them to the Big East Tournament Finals.

The triple-double to kill the falcon

Against Nova’s biggest Big 5 rival, Josh Hart went all out for the Wildcats. He would finish with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the only triple-double Villanova has seen in the past decade.

The 2016 National Championship Race

Ryan Arcidiacono was the MOP of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Kris Jenkins hit the biggest shot in NCAA Tournament history. But Hart has undoubtedly been a driving force in the championship chase, leading the team in scoring in three of his six tournament games.

It will be great to see Josh back on campus tonight, and even better to see his name with the rest of the Villanova greats whenever we go to the Finns.

For today’s matchday poll, we’re sticking to who will be Nova’s No.3 to score. During the six-game winning streak, that designation went to Jermaine Samuels, Brandon Slater, Caleb Daniels and Eric Dixon. So who will it be tonight?

Survey

Apart from Gillespie and Moore, who will lead Villanova tonight against Marquette?

This survey is closed

  • 15%
    jermaine samuels

    (61 votes)

  • 3%
    Brandon Slater

    (13 votes)

  • 0%
    Chris Arcidiacono

    (3 votes)


391 votes in total

Vote now

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