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Friday / July 12.
  • Villanova re-loading with transfers Hakim Hart, T.J. Bamba

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Villanova is re-loading after missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

    After adding Washington State transfer T.J. Bamba, Kyle Neptune’s club landed a commitment from Maryland transfer and Philadelphia native Hakim Hart.

    The 6-foot-8 guard, known for his defense and catch-and-shoot ability from deep, chose Villanova over Kansas, Gonzaga, and Miami.

    “I choose Villanova because I feel like it was great fit for me and it’s close to home which is a plus,” he told ZAGSBLOG.

    “It also give me an opportunity to win championships for my hometown. I also know a couple of players on the team already and staff, which makes the transition much easier. The skillset that I can bring will be versatility.”

    As a senior at Maryland, Hart started all 35 games and averaged 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention.

    Villanova remains in the mix for 7-foot Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, who will visit on April 27. Dickinson is also considering Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Georgetown.

    The Wildcats are also among the final five for Class of 2023 four-star wing Brady Dunlap, who is visiting St. John’s starting Sunday night. He’s also considering Nebraska, North Carolina and Penn State.

    Next season Villanova could feature a starting lineup of Mark Armstrong, Justin Moore, Bamba, Hart, and Eric Dixon at center.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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