Cadets’ Nic Hart to play basketball for Marietta College
BEVERLY — Marietta College has added another talented local basketball player to its recruiting class. Fort Frye senior Nic Hart committed Wednesday to continuing his hoops career for the Pioneers.
“The recruiting process was really good,” said Hart, who also plays football and baseball for the Cadets. “I really liked it there. I liked being close to home, and they made me feel right at home.”
Hart was a second team All-Ohio performer for Fort Frye this season.
Hart averaged 17.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.3 assists as a senior and helped lead the Cadets to the Sweet 16. He’s a versatile player and should be a good fit in Marietta’s uptempo style of play.
“They’re going to get a guy that loves basketball,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Henniger. “He’s a relentless type of player who can fill up the stats sheet.”
Earlier this month, Williamstown’s Sam Cremeans committed to Marietta College. Hart joins Cremeans in what likely will be another loaded recruiting class for the Division III powerhouse Pios.
“I knew they had a great program there,” said Hart, who plays AAU ball for Mark Tate and Josh Derry. “I probably could’ve went somewhere bigger, but I knew it wouldn’t be as good of a program as what Marietta has.”
Hart, listed at 6-foot-2, has some length and can get to the basket consistently. He’ll be a guard or a wing in VanderWal’s system.
“I’ve just got to work on my ball handling and shooting,” Hart said.
Hart plans to major in finance and minor in business at MC. He thinks going from Fort Frye to Marietta should be a smooth transition.
“Their program’s really successful, and Fort Frye’s been successful the past four years,” Hart said.
“It’s really prepared me as a player to know how to win and be a winner.”
Hart said he also considered D2 Walsh, but ultimately decided the Pioneers were the best fit.
“It’s a lot of stress relieved,” Hart said of the decision. “I’m just really excited to play for coach VanderWal and his staff. I’m just ready to go.
“I want to shout out my family. They’ve always supported me in everything I’ve done. My dad (Scott Hart) has always coached me and been a really big help.”
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