06/28/12 9:24 pm EST
Wait. What???? Say that again.
That’s right, 19-year old Maurice Harkless (6-8; 207) is the latest “tweener” forward to join the Sixers roster and to be honest the selection is a bit of surprise, especially considering that Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Arnett Moultire were / are still on the board. Not one of the online “experts” we researched nor a single scout that I talked with prior to the draft predicted the Sixers would go in this direction, but according to Rod Thorn everyone in the Sixers front office was “on board” with the pick.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com had Harkless (15.3 ppg. & 8.6 rpg.) going 16th to Houston, while draftexpress.com predicted Harkless would be selected at number 19 by the Magic.
After the jump some reviews on and video of Harkless…
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford writes the following on Harkless…”Lots of teams have shown interest in Harkless. He’s young, he’s athletic, he has great upside and he can defend multiple positions. He’s sort of a young Trevor Ariza.”
Kyle Nelson of draftexpress.com writes, ”
“Harkless definitely looks the part of a NBA player from a physical standpoint. Standing somewhere around 6’8 with an excellent wingspan and a wiry frame, he has ideal size for the NBA small forward position. He must continue to get stronger, but should have no problem doing so in time as he matures and his body fills out. He is a very good athlete as well, looking fluid and explosive around the basket, and showing a solid first step and excellent quickness in transition. Furthermore, Harkless is a scrappy player, with solid energy and aggressiveness, which allows him to capitalize on his athletic potential. Though he is a very raw player in terms of his skill-set, Harkless has managed to have a very productive freshman season, playing nearly 36 minutes per game, tops amongst all freshmen prospects. St. John’s has little depth in their frontcourt, so Harkless has had games where he hasn’t seen even a second of rest on the bench….”