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Hart Named 2017 Big East Player of the Year

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-Sports Illustrated

It’s official. On Wednesday, the Big East announced the last batch of awards for the year, and Josh Hart won the Big East Player of the Year Award.

The senior forward from Silver Spring, Md., who is also in contention for National Player of the Year, averaged a conference-best 18.7 points per game. Hart has scored at an efficient rate, shooting over 50 percent on the floor for the fourth straight season and an impressive 40.4 percent form long range. On top of that, he also leads the Wildcats in rebounding, averaging 6.5 boards.

This award puts an exclamation point on Hart’s big week of Big East accolades. Just a few days ago, he was an All-Big East First Team unanimous selection and one of three players to win the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award.

He becomes the latest Wildcat to receive Big East Player of the Year honors since Ryan Arcidiacono shared it with Providence’s Kris Dunn in the 2014-15 season. This is also the first time in 11 years that a Wildcat was an outright winner of this award, following in the footsteps of Randy Foye, who did so after the 2005-06 season.

Two years ago, Hart was named the Big East Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore.

Here are the awards announced by the Big East on Wednesday:

Big East Player of the Year:
Josh Hart, Villanova

Big East Coach of the Year: 
Chris Holtmann, Butler

Big East Rookie of the Year:
Justin Patton, Creighton

Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul

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Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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