2017 consensus First Team All-American and BIG EAST Player of the Year Josh Hart was selected tonight by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round of the National Basketball Association Draft. A trade then sent Hart and the 42nd pick - which became Indiana's Thomas Bryant - to the Jazz in exchange for the 27th overall selection, Tony Bradley. Hart, a native of Silver Spring, Md., averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game in 2016-17 while helping lead the Wildcats to a 32-4 record and top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Hart also took the home the Julius Erving Award as the nation's top small forward.
"We're thrilled for Josh," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "This is a product of his commitment to the NBA workouts. Josh has never stopped trying to improve. We're proud of the player and the man that he has become."
Five former Wildcats played last season in the NBA. The list includes Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Randy Foye (Brooklyn Nets), Dante Cunningham (New Orleans Pelicans), Darrun Hilliard (Detroit Pistons) and Daniel Ochefu (Washington Wizards).
Hart becomes the sixth Wildcat to be selected in the NBA Draft since 2000 on a list that also includes Foye, Lowry, Cunningham, Hilliard, and Michael Bradley (taken by Toronto in the first round in 2001). In all, 42 Wildcats have played in the NBA with Ochefu becoming the most recent to join that fraternity last season.