Big East Rookie of the Year Moe Harkless is heading to the NBA after just one season at St. John's, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday night. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin and Harkless are scheduled to appear at a Madison Square Garden news conference Monday afternoon.
During a season in which St. John's went 13-19 while starting five freshmen much of the year, Harkless averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. The 6-8 Harkless often had to play in the low post for the Red Storm but figures to play more of a small forward role in the pros because of his shooting range and mobility.
Harkless is projected by most rating services as a mid-to-late first-round pick, but it's possible he could move into the lottery with some strong workouts because of his potential to grow stronger and develop. Harkless scored 32 points in his Big East debut in St. John's win over Providence, a conference record for points by a freshman in his debut. He recorded 11 double-doubles for undermanned St. John's.
Asked about his NBA decision when St. John's season ended earlier this month in the Big East Tournament, Harkless said, "It's every kid's dream."
Now he's about to realize it.