Among Hart’s sartorial choices for Big East men’s basketball media day last month included a pink bow tie and loafers without socks. So impressed with his senior forward’s wardrobe was Wildcats coach Jay Wright — himself always nattily attired — that Wright proclaimed, “Look at Josh Hart. He has personality.”

The most striking accessory though was the oversized championship ring on Hart’s right hand. He sports the diamond-encrusted hardware only for special occasions, preferring to look ahead to this season rather than being reminded of past achievements, even if one of them was winning the most recent national championship game.

The Cats open with Lafayette tonight at the Pavilion: