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St. John's Harkless, Harrison Big East All-Rookie

St. John's Moe Harkless (4) dunks past Pittsburgh's

St. John's Moe Harkless (4) dunks past Pittsburgh's Dante Taylor, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game. (Feb. 29, 2012) Credit: AP

It comes as no surprise that St. John's freshmen Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison were named to the Big East all-rookie team released Sunday morning. Forward Harkless averaged 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, which also was good enough to earn him honorable mention All-Big East recognition, the only rookie so honored. Harrison's 18.5 scoring average ranked third in the league.

Some might say the impressive numbers posted by Harkless (pictured) and Harrison reflected the ample playing time they received for the Red Storm, who started five freshmen and largely used a six-man rotation. But those two carried St. John's (13-18, 6-12 Big East) all season against defenses geared to stop them. They more than proved their mettle.

The All-Big East first team was led by Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom of second-place Marquette. Crowder was a unanimous selection after averaging 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals. Six players were named to the first team because of a tie in the coaches' voting, including Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb, Georgetown's Jason Clark, Syracuse's Kris Joseph and Kevin Jones of West Virginia.

Here is the full list of players honored:

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G, So., 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.
Jason Clark, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-2, 170, Arlington, Va.
*Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 235, Villa Rica, Ga.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-7, 210, Montreal, Quebec
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-8, 260, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, So., 6-4, 215, White Plains, N.Y.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-9, 244, Glenview, Ill.
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-0, 174, Englewood, N.J.
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, Pa.
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 200, Philadelphia, Pa.

Henry Sims, Georgetown, C, Sr., 6-10, 232, Baltimore, Md.
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Jr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Herb Pope, Seton Hall, F, Sr., 6-8, 236, Aliquippa, Pa.
Dion Waiters, Syracuse, G, So., 6-4, 215, Philadelphia, Pa.
Darryl Bryant, West Virginia, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, So., 6-8, 205, Baltimore, Md.
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown, F, Sr., 6-7, 205, Los Angeles, Calif.
Kyle Kuric, Louisville, G-F, Sr., 6-4, 185, Evansville, Ind.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Moe Harkless, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 190, Queens, N.Y.

Andre Drummond, Connecticut, C, Fr., 6-11, 275, Middletown, Conn.
Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, Fr., 6-7, 250, Bowling Green, Ky.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, So., 6-5, 185, Bowie, Md.
LaDontae Henton, Providence, F, Fr., 6-6, 220 Lansing, Mich.
Moe Harkless, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 190, Queens, N.Y.
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Fr., 6-3, 186, Missouri City, Texas
Anthony Collins, USF, G, Fr., G, 6-1, 175, Houston, Texas

*Denotes unanimous selection.
^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.


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