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From Villanova Legend to NBA Hopeful, Josh Hart 'demands Perfection' From Himself

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    From Villanova Legend to NBA Hopeful, Josh Hart 'demands Perfection' From Himself
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    From Villanova legend to NBA hopeful, Josh Hart 'demands perfection' from himself

    CAMDEN, N.J. -- There are questions that have come up frequently during the Sixers' pre-draft workouts:

    When are the top picks coming to Camden?

    Is Josh Hart working out?

    The Villanova standout donned a Sixers jersey and took the court with former teammates Darryl Reynolds and Dylan Ennis with head coach Jay Wright watching from the sidelines on Thursday (see story)

    Hart worked out for the Sixers last year before deciding to play his senior year at Villanova and defend the Wildcats' NCAA championship. 

    "Everything about the NBA went out the window," Hart said of his return to school. "I knew if I decided to go back to 'Nova to have to be all in on 'Nova ... The NBA never crawled into my mind until the end of the year."

    Hart increased his scoring production to 18.7 points and 40.4 percent three-point shooting, along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Hart left Villanova as the only player with more than 1,900 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists, and 150 steals in school history.

    Hart actually has been adjusting his shot since the end of the season. He wasn't thrilled with how they went down in the workout, but hopes the Sixers noticed the alterations he has made to it. 

    "I didn't shoot the ball too well today," Hart said. "That comes with the territory. Changing the shot, you go through growing pains and today was a little bit of a growing pain. Even if you miss shots, it shows my jumpshot's different. It's more fluent, smoother."

    The Sixers are well aware of Hart's game beyond a workout. They have had the opportunity to get a close look at him over the last four years and also watched him at a pro day. 

    "He was very impressive," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said last week. "But it was a one-on-none workout, so we're not going to get a lot out of that other than the fact that he had tremendous stamina throughout. I will say this, he didn't have a lot of breaks in the course of the workout. He's a talent. He's going to be a solid pro for somebody. We've seen a lot of video, we've seen a lot of live impressions. He's going to be a nice NBA player."

    Hart, a projected second-round pick, also worked out with Pacers, Nets, Magic, Jazz, Suns, Thunder, Lakers and Trail Blazers before the Sixers. He still has the Hawks, Spurs and Suns left on his schedule. 

    His road to NBA consideration is a long road from high school days when he doesn't think "anyone knew who I was" heading into college.

    "What other people say can only fuel you so much," Hart said. "It has to come from you. If it doesn't, you won't be successful ... I'm my biggest critic. I drive myself as much as I can. I demand perfection from myself."

    Hart plans to watch the draft locally at Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia. He expects to feel more anxious than nervous, pointing out this is the first time he does not know where he will be playing basketball next.

    "To be the number one pick, I think that's probably what I'm hoping for," Hart joked of his draft night expectations. "I wish I knew where I was going. The goal is to get your name called."