|Harkless, the lynchpin of coach Steve Lavin's first recruiting class at St. John's, decided to enter the NBA draft after playing only one season with the Red Storm. He was named Big East rookie of the year after averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds, which put him sixth and second, respectively, among freshmen nationally. Harkless is a smooth player with great athleticism and length, possessing a quick first step which enables him to beat his defender and get to the rim. Shooting from the perimeter, though, is an area he needs to work on. Harkless only made 17 of 79 3-point attempts (21.5 percent) and often struggles to create his own shot or make baskets when pulling up off the dribble. He is a solid rebounder due to his ability to attack the rim but is slight and may need to bulk up in order to bang down low with the bigger bodies in the NBA - especially if he is going to be used at one of the forward positions. Harkless, who could be selected as high as the middle of the first round, is the first St. John's player to leave early for the draft since Omar Cook, a second-round pick in 2001.