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Josh Hart name Big East Player of the Year

Hart becomes the fourth player in Villanova history to be named conference player of the year.

Josh Hart
Photo Courtesy: GU Hoyas

Villanova guard Josh Hart was named Big East Player of the Year by head coaches on Wednesday.

Hart, who attended Sidwell Friends, led the conference in scoring with 18.6 points per game. The senior was fourth in the Big East in rebounding as he grabbed 6.5 boards a contest.

Hart also added 1.5 steals to his stat line, while helping the Wildcats to a 28-3 record and earning their fourth straight Big East regular season title.

Hart is the fourth player in Villanova history to receive conference player of the year honors.

He is the second player in the program’s history to record at least 1,800 points, 700 rebounds, 250 assists and 150 steals during his career. Kerry Kittles, who was the 1994-95 Big East Player of the Year, was the other Nova player to reach that mark.

During his sophomore year, Hart won the Dave Gavitt Award for most outstanding player in the Big East Tournament. He is the only player in the conference to receive the Gavitt award before the Player of Year award.

Hart is being considered as a candidate for the national player of the year award.

Creighton center Justin Patton, who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was named Big East Freshman of the Year. Butler Head Coach Chris Holtmann received Coach of the Year honors.

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