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)
Moe Harkless will reportedly announce plans to enter the 2012 NBA Draft after one season at St. John's.
This season Harkless averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Red Storm, who went 13-19 overall and just 6-12 in league play. Harkless is a 6'8 wing who didn't show a great outside shot at St. John's (21 percent on three-pointers), but is athletic and has NBA size.
SB Nation's St. John's blog Rumbled In The Garden recently considered Harkless' options:
The attention of NBA scouts can be fleeting - players have been known to expose their own flaws and throw doubt on whether they can improve in the NBA and become a serviceable player. Most players don't arrive in the Association fully formed; they have coaches to help them develop, fully dedicated offseasons to hone their craft without the pressures of school or the restrictions of the NCAA.
There is no guarantee of the same level of excitement, of money in the future, or even of full health; a player has to look out for himself. And Harkless' natural athleticism, length, and explosiveness is the raw wet clay that NBA GM's can't wait to lay their crafty hands on and throw into the fire that is the NBA season.
DraftExpress currently rates Harkless as the No. 22 draft prospect in the nation, though there are a number of players ahead of him expected to return to school.