Villanova's leading scorer, Josh Hart, pulls out of NBA Draft and will return to school
With Hart back, Jay Wright's crew will be in the conversation to repeat as national champs
With a single tweet, Villanova's forecast for next season has been cemented.
The Wildcats are arguably the group best-suited to repeat as champs since those mid-aughts Florida teams.
Why? Josh Hart has announced, via Twitter, that he'll return for his senior season.
ONE MORE YEAR!! \\\///-- Josh Hart (@JoshHart_3) May 25, 2016
If there was any doubt about this, a source confirmed to CBS Sports late Tuesday night that Hart was coming back.
Hart led Nova with a 15.5 points average last season in addition to 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 51 percent shooting. He scored 12 and had eight boards in Villanova's dramatic win in the national title game over North Carolina. The Wildcats will also be getting the last-second hero from that champ game back, as Kris Jenkins announced last week that he'll be around for one more year, too. This means that the only significant pieces from the 2015-16 national champs that won't be back are Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, both of whom were senior.
Otherwise, everyone else will be there again.
Villanova will unquestionably enter the season as a preseason top-five team. They're currently ranked No. 3 in the CBS Sports Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one).
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