With Rutgers men’s basketball in need of a shooter for next season following the unexpected departure of Cam Spencer, they’re reportedly pursuing 3-star wing Joey Hart. While RU is looking at options through the transfer portal, Jeff Goodman reported on Saturday night that they’re “in the mix” for the sought after shooter from Linton, Indiana. Steve Pikiell and the coaching staff rarely leave any stone unturned and recruiting Hart this late in the cycle makes sense. However, the competition is fierce per Goodman.
Joey Hart, a 6-5 wing from Linton-Stockton High in Indiana who de-committed from UCF, plans to visit Kentucky next week, source told @Stadium. Indiana and Rutgers also in mix, per source. Hart shot 41 percent from 3 this past season and also led UAA in 3’s made.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 4, 2023
Hart is a 6’5” wing that was originally committed to Central Florida (UCF). However, he decommitted in May and asked to be released from his national letter of intent. He received his release on May 16 and has seen his stock risen ever since.
While he previously held almost a dozen offers including from Northwestern and Loyola-Chicago, he‘s now also being recruited by Kentucky and Indiana. Whether Rutgers gets Hart on campus for a visit remains to be seen. However, this shows they’re doing their due diligence in exploring all options.
Editor’s note 6/4: There is now speculation that Hart is a silent commit to Kentucky.
Hart played at a high level his senior season this past winter. He was named a Indiana All-Star and averaged 23.6 points per game. He also shot 41% from three-point range. Hart was instrumental in leading Linton to the 2A state finals. He. was considered one of the best players in Indiana this past season.
In April, he played in a prestigous state all-star game at the site that the iconic movie Hoosiers was filmed and had a big performance.
— Marty Ledbetter (@MartySports10) April 29, 2023
The Indiana native can really shoot. He has a high release point, nice touch, deep range and is a fundamentally sound player. He’s athletic, dunks with authority, can create his own shot and has a high basketball IQ. While he needs to add muscle to his frame to hold up with the rigors of high major basketball, he’s already a tough player with good body control.
While his shooting ability is his obvious strength, Hart has the potential to develop into a more complete player at the next level. He appears to be a good fit for Rutgers, both as a shooter and someone who can grow within the program. A coach’s son, Hart has steadily improved throughout his career.
The Scarlet Knights currently have at least three scholarships open for next season. More to come on their pursuit of Hart, who could pair with 4-star Gavin Griffiths as two high level shooting freshman in Piscataway.
Watch senior season highlights of Joey Hart below.
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