Former St. John’s product and Forest Hills High School hoops standout Maurice “Moe” Harkless today has signed a one-year, $3.6M free agent contract with the Miami Heat, per ESPN.
Harkless, 27, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, averaging 5.8 points per game in 62 contests between both clubs.
The South Jamaica native played three years at Forest Hills High School and a season at South Kent School in Connecticut. He then attended St. John’s University as a freshman, earning the Big East Rookie of the Year award while averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Next, the Philadelphia Sixers drafted him 15th overall but was part of a four-team trade that saw him land with the Orlando Magic, where he played for three years.
The New York Daily News picked the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder as the Queens High School Player of the Year in his last season at Forest Hills, where he averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game that year.
In his senior season of high school, Harkless suited up for South Kent and averaged an impressive 27.2 points per game.
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