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4 - Moe Harkless

6-8, 207 Small Forward
ST JOHNS.GIF St. Johns Freshman
Birthday
05/11/93 (26.5 yrs)
Hometown
Queens, NY
High School
South Kent
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
9
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
7
NBA Ready
7
Ball Handling
8
Potential
9
Passing
7
Intangibles
8

NBA Comparison: James Posey

Strengths: Harkless passes the eye test at 6’8 with smooth athleticism and great length (wingspan is roughly 7’2) … His ability to attack the rim from the perimeter gives him a distinct advantage over his defender who is unlikely to share his agility … Quick first step and comfortable handle and footwork for his size …  He has a great feel for the rim, and can score by hitting off-balance shots at awkward angles … His jumper has range out to 20 feet, and although he shot poorly from downtown, he has promising mechanics, especially when his feet are set … He’s got a quick second jump: he gets off the ground and reaches the ball before his defender, resulting in tip-ins and rebounds given his length … Runs the floor like a guard … Defensively he reads passing lanes extremely well, and frequently gets tips, deflections or blocks playing off the ball …

Weaknesses:
Skill level is still in between the 4 and 3 positions, scoring frequently around the basket due to his length and athleticism … Harkless struggles to create easy shots for himself in the half court, especially on the perimeter as a shooter … Pull up off the dribble is not really in his repertoire… Only shot 44%, a low number considering his size and athleticism… Needs to add muscle… Number one task is to improve as a shooter, which will maximize his services playing the 3 …

Overall: He’s a great young talent who probably would have benefited from another year at St. Johns… Still, he has tremendous upside and could be a big-time contributor down the road … Don’t be surprised if he slips into the lottery with some strong individual workouts …

Jonathan Wasserman 3/29/12

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