Villanova guard Josh Hart removes his name from NBA draft

Villanova's Josh Hart will return for his senior season and try to get the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats back to the Final Four.

Hart, a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last season, made the announcement on his Twitter account.

Hart was able to go through the NBA draft process because of a new rule that enables college players to attend the draft combine and also go to team workouts before having to withdraw by Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. to maintain their eligibility.

"I enjoyed the process and learned a lot," Hart said. "It was definitely worthwhile. I look forward to graduating next year and coming back to play with my teammates."

Hart's return helps the Wildcats' chances of returning to the Final Four next season. Villanova also brings back Kris Jenkins, who hit the winning shot to beat North Carolina in the title game, as well as starting guard Jalen Brunson and Phil Booth, who had 20 points off the bench in the win over the Tar Heels.

Villanova will lose starting point guard Ryan Arcidiacono and big man Daniel Ochefu. Boothe could get Arcidiacono's minutes, and heralded freshman Omari Spellman could replace Ochefu.