Silver Spring Native and Former Wheaton High School Student Josh Hart Scores 44 on the Wizards

Josh Hart scored a career-high 44 points against the Washington Wizards last night to help the Portland Trail Blazers end a six-game skid, and defeat the Wizards 127-118 victory on Saturday night.  Hart also had eight rebounds and six assists in Portland’s first win since the All-Star break.

Per ESPN, “I made some tweaks to my jump shot before the game, so I came into this game with a little more confidence,” Hart said. “I definitely wish I had gotten the 50. I don’t know when I’m going to have another night like this. So next time I’ll have to tell Trendon (Watford) to pass me the ball a little more.”

The Silver Spring native’s jersey was recently retired by the Villanova Wildcats, where he played for four years. He started for much of his junior and senior seasons and won a national championship in 2016.

Hart grew up in Silver Spring. Prior to transferring to Sidwell Friends in D.C., he attended and played basketball at Wheaton High School. He grew up playing basketball for the Montgomery County Bearcats, where his coaches praised him for his heart at an early age. He made the varsity basketball team as a freshman at Wheaton, eventually becoming a starter in the second half of the season.

Even though he transferred to Sidwell Friends and played there the last three years of his high school basketball career, his ties to MoCo remained strong. His mother has been a long-time employee at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and his father is a retired caterer.
Congratulations to Josh Hart on his big game against the home team.

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