There is one final obligation to tend to before the books can be closed on the 2017 season and that is the revealing of the 2017 kenpom.com player of the year. This season’s honoree is Villanova’s Josh Hart who closed out a distinguished four-year run at Villanova in style.
This season, Hart posted a 122 offensive rating with a 27% usage rate, which included making 40% of his three’s and 58% of his two’s. He had just five games this season where his offensive rating was below 100. Along the way to leading Villanova to its fourth-consecutive solo Big East regular season title, he also posted career-highs in steal rate and assist rate.
During his four years, the Wildcats finished with a 63-9 record in Big East play, easily the best conference record by a power-conference team over that time. In each of his four seasons, Hart was ultra-efficient and as a senior he continued a steady trend of playing a larger role in Jay Wright’s offense. He garnered game MVP’s 14 times this season, which was eighth-most in the country and his best line was a 37-point, 11-rebound, four-assist, two-steal performance in a December win over Notre Dame.
Hart joins the legendary winners of the kPOY which include North Carolina’s Brice Johnson (2016), Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (2015), Louisville’s Russ Smith (2013 and 2014), Michigan State’s Draymond Green (2012), and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (2011). Congrats, Josh, and good luck with your professional career.
2017 kPOY final standings
1. Josh Hart, Villanova, Sr.
2. Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s, Jr.
3. Johnathan Motley, Baylor, Jr.
4. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, So.
5. Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga, Jr.
6. Frank Mason, Kansas, Sr.
7. Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina, Sr.
8. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, So.
9. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, So.
10. Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame, Jr.