One of the biggest names at this past weekend’s Penn State Advanced Skills camp was 2013 Washington (D.C.) Sidwell Friends prospect Josh Hart, who made the return trip to State College after taking in a football game last fall.
Hart was at Penn State over the weekend.
Later this week Hart will be one of the 80 top high school players in the country heading to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, just weeks after taking part in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago.
“The Kevin Durant Camp was mainly focused on teaching us to get open, and really moving without the ball,” Hart said of the camp designed for wing players. “So that was really beneficial for me because I need to work on that, and have been focusing on that this recently.”
The 6-foot-4.5, 196-pounder came to the Penn State camp and was able to see first-hand how Pat Chambers and company run their program.
“The camp itself was very well run, and it was a great workout for me,” Hart explained. “We got up a lot of shots, I got to work on my ball-handling, I think it really helped me develop with that.”
When Hart visited in the fall there was work being done to the Bryce Jordan Center, so being able to tour the facilities on this second visit and also playing on the main court were both memorable for the DC product, who called the Penn State facilities ‘top-notch.’ Hart has also built up a good rapport with the Nittany Lion coaches, especially coach Keith Urgo, who spent some time coaching high school ball in DC earlier in his career.
“Penn State are definitely one of my favorite coaching staffs throughout the recruiting process so far,” admitted Hart. “They have been very upfront about everything, they’re genuine, and that’s one of the main reasons I like them.
“Coach Urgo has been one of the main guys staying in contact with me over the past seven or eight months, so it was cool to have him coaching me at the camp.”
Hart holds offers from Georgetown, N.C. State, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Villanova, Kansas State, Marquette and Memphis, in addition to Penn State, and all have been in contact regularly.
Playing AAU ball for Team Takeover, Hart and his teammates earned an invite to the Peach Jam later this month, pitting the top-24 teams playing on the Nike EYBL circuit against each other.
Hart leads the team in minutes logged, shots taken, rebounds and total points scored, averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 boards through 19 contests, all on 50 percent from the field.