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Tuesday / February 7.
  • Harkless’ Stock Taking Off

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    Ever since Maurice Harkless broke the news of his decommitment from UConn on ZAGSBLOG June 21, his stock has been soaring.

    The 6-foot-8, 187-pound Queens native is currently at the Hoop Group Elite Camp in Reading, Pa., where he was the first small forward chosen in the draft of players. His team includes fellow South Kent (Conn.) forward Derrick Randall and Shaq Thomas of NIA Prep.

    St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin and Rutgers head coach Mike Rice are among those following Harkless around the Albright College campus.

    “Memphis, Rutgers, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Maryland, Arizona and Xavier all offered,” Nate Blue, Harkless’ mentor, said in a text. “Syracuse is going to offer before the summer is over, most likely.”

    With the game tied, Harkless scored his first ever game-winning shot Tuesday night with a coast-to-coast layup over 6-11 Joey DeLaRosa.

    “He’s the best player here and he’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in a [while], he’s got it,” former Syracuse star John Wallace told Blue.
    (Photo courtesy Rivals.com)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.