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Moe Harkless of St. John’s Declares for the NBA Draft

Steve Lavin and his St. John's program got some good news last week when Jakarr Sampson, who'd been a member of last year's recruiting class before he was declared academically ineligible, recommitted to the Red Storm. But today St. John's learned that Moe Harkless — a member of the team's "Fresh Five" starting lineup — will declare for the NBA Draft. Harkless, who was named Big East rookie of the year and said earlier this month he was considering going pro, was second on the team with 15.3 points per game last season, and led the Johnnies with 8.6 boards per game. (Nationally, he was sixth among freshmen in scoring and second in rebounding.) Harkless — a likely first-round pick, according to ESPN's Chad Ford — becomes the first St. John's player to leave early for the draft since Omar Cook in 2001.

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