Maurice Harkless selected by Philadelphia 76ers

St. John's Maurice Harkless, center, talks to reporters St. John's Maurice Harkless, center, talks to reporters after being picked No. 15 by the Philadelphia 76ers. (June 28, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have selected St. John's forward Maurice Harkless with the 15th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

The 19-year-old Harkless averaged 15.5 points per game as a freshman for the Red Storm. Harkless, 6-foot-9 and 207 pounds, played power forward in college, but projects as a small forward at the next level.

Harkless is versatile and has been lauded for his ball skills and footwork for a player his size. He struggled with his shooting from the perimeter, however.

The Sixers were expected to take a big man to play inside, but couldn't pass up Harkless.

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