Hart cuts list to seven

Now that the busy summer for 2013 Washington (D.C.) Sidwell Friends prospect Josh Hart has ended, he has cut down his list of schools to seven.

The list, in no particular order, includes Arizona, Memphis, Penn State, Rutgers, Miami, Villanova and Cincinnati. The 6-foot-4.5, 196-pound wing, felt he had seen everything there was to offer from prospective colleges and decided this was the next move.

“My family, my AAU coach and my high school coach kind of felt that my recruiting has slowed down,” explained Hart on Sunday. “I haven’t gotten many new interests in the past couple of weeks, so we felt it was time to take the next step and cut my list down.”

That next step includes a number of visits to the colleges named earlier, including two unofficial and five official visits.

“The unofficials aren’t planned right now but I’m going to plan those out soon,” said Hart. “I’m going to take those to Penn State and Cincinnati, because I feel like those are the two I’ve got the most questions about, and I’m going to take officials to the other five schools.”

When asked to go more in-depth on a few schools, here is what the No. 91 player in the country had to say.

On Arizona:

“I really like the coaching staff, they’re good. My AAU coach really got the ball rolling there and they’ve been talking to me a lot lately. The playing time available to me if I go there is pretty good, and the program itself is one of the best in the country.”

On Penn State:

“I love the coaching staff. I feel like their staff is one of the best in the country; they’re just really high character guys who will really turn the program around. I also love the campus. It is beautiful, and the academics of Penn State are great; you’re going to get a great education.”

On Cincinnati:

“Cincinnati’s coaches are cool. I really like the style of play. I feel like it really fits my game.”

On Miami:

“Coach (Jim) Larranaga is a great coach, doing what he did with George Mason all those years, he is really a high character coach. Whenever me and my dad talk to him we feel like he is being genuine and real.”

While Hart plans to take all of his official visits, he didn’t rule out committing to a school if he was blown away by a visit. After averaging more than 15 points and five rebounds for Team Takeover at the Nike Peach Jam in July, Hart is looking forward to getting the next process of his recruitment underway.

“I think the relationship with the coaching staff will be one of the main things that makes me commit, also the style of play and how I fit into the program are the main factors,” he said.

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