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Former Canisius High basketball star Matt Hart has transferred from Hamilton College to George Washington, where he hopes to become a Division I player after sitting out a year under NCAA rules.

Hart, who was the leading scorer among Division III underclassman last season at 20.6 points a game, said he will practice and be on the bench for GW’s home games next season, like any transfer. He will pay his own way in the 2014-15 school year, with the prospect of earning a scholarship.

“They told me I’ll have every opportunity to earn a two-year scholarship after sitting out a year,” Hart said Monday. “That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m on the team. I can do everything they do. I just can’t travel to away games.”

George Washington went 24-9 last season, 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 under head coach Mike Lonergan. The Colonials won a first-round game against VCU in the NCAA Tournament.

Hart said Lonergan didn’t see him play in person, but took the advice of several coaches he respects highly at the Division III level. Hart was 25th in the nation in Division II scoring a year ago and shot 41.2 percent from three-point range, ranking 34th in the country.

“He’s going to give me every shot to earn my way,” Hart said.

— Jerry Sullivan