Josh Hart is a rarity in the NBA, a rookie who shunned the one-and-done route to play four years of major college basketball, allowing his body and game to grow and mature at a more gradual pace.
And it shows.
“Absolutely,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, when asked if he could tell when a player spent four years in college. “They’re fundamentally more sound. They understand the little things about the game that you have to spend a lot of time teaching one-and-done guys.”
Hart, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard acquired in a draft-day trade with Utah, helped Villanova win the NCAA championship in 2015-2016 and averaged 18.9 points and 6.4...