Brandan Wright

After four years in college, Josh Hart is getting more playing time with the Lakers

After four years in college, Josh Hart is getting more playing time with the Lakers

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...

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