With the No. 15 overall pick in Thursday night's 2012 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Maurice Harkless out of St. John's.
Harkless, a 6'8, 208-pound forward, averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game during his freshman season with the Red Storm.
Harkless brings some much needed versatility to the Sixers' frontcourt, which could be without Andre Iguodala next season.
SI.com had plenty of good things to say about Harkless, though he will need to add size if he hopes to be a productive rebounder at the next level.
"Harkless is a smooth player with great athleticism and length, possessing a quick first step which enables him to beat his defender and get to the rim. Shooting from the perimeter, though, is an area he needs to work on. Harkless only made 17 of 79 3-point attempts (21.5 percent) and often struggles to create his own shot or make baskets when pulling up off the dribble. He is a solid rebounder due to his ability to attack the rim but is slight and may need to bulk up in order to bang down low with the bigger bodies in the NBA - especially if he is going to be used at one of the forward positions."
The Sixers also have pick Nos. 45 and 54 in the second round.
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