2012 NBA Draft: Maurice Harkless Selected By The Philadelphia 76ers With The Fifteenth Overall Pick

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Moe Harkless #4 of the St. John's Red Storm looks on against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mo Harkless was a recruiting coup for Steve Lavin and St. John's and though it turned out to be a tough season for the Red Storm with several recruits not qualifying and coach Lavin missing most of the season due to illness, Harkless lived up to the hype. His play this year earned him a selection at number fifteen by the Philadelphia 76ers. Harkless played 36 minutes per game for the Red Storm and averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game while playing forward.

In the NBA, Harkless joins a young, overachieving Sixers team that stretched the Celtics to seven games and is the league's third youngest team. Harkless will likely play small forward in the NBA where he'll have a chance to showcase his range from the outside and his quickness as well. He won't be pressed into immediate duty, but will be a valuable addition to a team that could contend in the Eastern Conference next year.

Harkless joins Dion Waiters, Andre Drummond, and Jeremy Lamb as Big East players selected in tonight's NBA Draft (so far).

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