Sixers draft St. John's star Harkless

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Harkless was sporting a Sixers cap on draft night.NEWARK, N.J. -- New York City has two NBA teams, but a local college team stole the headlines Thursday night.

With the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets both lacking a first-round pick, attention turned toward St. John's forward Maurice Harkless, who was selected in the first round, 15th overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harkless, a Queens native, is the first St. John's player selected in the draft since Omar Cook in 2001, and the school's highest selection since the late Malik Sealy was chosen 14th by the Indiana Pacers in 1992.

"Thankful for the opportunity and thankful to Philadelphia for drafting me," Harkless said. "Hope I can help the team any way I can."

The 6-foot-9, 207-pound forward averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his one season with the Red Storm. He was named the Big East Rookie of the Year.

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