Jason Hart, Jr., a 2022 point guard from Taft High School (CA) is a name to get familiar with. Crafty and elusive are two words that come to mind when describing Hart’s game. He has the ability to consistently get by the the first line of defense seemingly without breaking a sweat. He’s a strong finisher in the paint, as well. Most importantly, Hart is a team-first player that will put everything on the line to get his team a win. Expect his stock to continue to rise as he enters the spring and summer of his junior season.
This week, Hart spent a few minutes discussing his recruitment with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2022 prospect Jason Hart, Jr., from Los Angeles, California:
Pro Insight: What's the current breakdown of your visits, offers, and interest?
Jason Hart, Jr.: By the end of my freshman year, I was blessed to receive my first offer from USC. Then ending my sophomore year, I was offered by the University of San Diego. I have interest from Montana, Air Force, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Oregon State. I took a virtual visit to Oregon State.
PI: Which programs have you heard from the most lately?
JH: Since college hoops was in-season, I wasn’t able to talk to many coaches, but the most I’ve heard from is USC.
PI: What kind of role do you see yourself filling at the next level?
JH: At the next level I see myself as a player who’s willing to win at all costs — someone who can lead a team to a title, and someone who just wants to consistently improve.
PI: What has been the most unique recruiting pitch you’ve heard thus far?
JH: I think my virtual visit to Oregon State has been the best recruiting pitch thus far. Being able to see campus for the first time was just a great experience.
PI: What's the funniest thing that's happened in a virtual visit on Zoom?
JH: The funniest thing from a virtual visit was probably when the wi-fi got kind of laggy, and I had to reconnect my phone to get a better connection.
PI: Did you have any dream schools growing up?
JH: I actually have had a few dream schools growing up — they were Syracuse, UCLA, Howard, FAMU, and NC A&T.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
JH: I actually have a few friends in mind that I’ve thought of playing with, but if I had to pick one, it has to be my guy Duke Gipson. He’s a 6’10 big in the 2022 class that I’ve been playing with damn near my whole AAU career. Whenever we get on the court together, we just gel very well.
PI: What are your three main priorities when narrowing down and eventually making a final decision with your recruitment?
JH: I think my relationships with coaches will play a big role in my decision. Also, the school's city that it’s located in plays a big role as well. Lastly, would be what my parents think of the school. They have my best interest at heart, so they’ll play a major big role in my recruitment.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
JH: My timeline so far has been very comfortable and going well. Although I do wish to get more national attention very soon.
PI: If you could sum up your recruitment process up to this point in three or four words, what would they be?
JH: A long process — waiting to be heard.