Steve Lavin did a great job bringing in local product and ESPNU 100 small forward Maurice Harkless (Queens, N.Y./South Kent), who is St. John's only 2011 recruit. The former UConn commit has a tremendous skill set, high-level athleticism and is a great finisher. Harkless has excellent body control and is at his best in transition as the recipient. The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder also showed off his good mid-range shot and capable 3-point stroke at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas, where he led the New York Panthers to the semifinals and was named to the all-tournament team. He is currently ranked No. 81 in the country, but is poised to move up the when the new rankings are released on Friday. Harkless is just scratching the surface of his potential and he will be a factor in the Big East, especially if he can make sure to keep his motor going throughout games.
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