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Moe Harkless named Big East Rookie of the Week

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St. John’s freshmen continue to rack up accolades as Moe Harkless was named the Big East’s Rookie of the Week, the conference announced.

This is Harkless’ second Rookie of the Week honor and the third time a Red Storm player has taken home the award this year.

The Queens native averaged 18 points per game and 9.5 rebounds while playing every minute of the Johnnies’ two wins last week, including their first victory over a top 25 team this season.

St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East) had lost their first 10 games against ranked opponents this year before besting 18th-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday 61-58 at Madison Square Garden. Earlier in the week the Johnnies defeated DePaul 79-72 at Carnesecca Arena during Senior Night.

For the Johnnies this year, though, it has been almost all freshmen. The team plays only one junior and starts five freshmen — the “Fresh Five.”

Harkless was not the only “Fresh Five” member to have a big week. D’Angelo Harrison played all but one minute over the team’s two games, averaging 19 points, and is now within six points of the Johnnies freshmen scoring record set by Erick Barkley in 1999.

Harrison will most likely not be the only freshmen to surpass the mark, as Harkless is just 40 points shy of the record with two games and the Big East tournament to go.

Harrison and Harkless are first and second in the conference in freshmen scoring, respectively, and Harkless leads all Big East freshmen in rebounding.

The Red Storm finish up their conference slate at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and at Rutgers on Saturday at 8 p.m.


Harkless wins Big East Rookie of the Week

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of St. John's University

Following last week’s win over West Virginia, St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap remarked that freshman Moe Harkless deserved more acknowledgement, “but Moe is a great player and he is going to get his recognition.”

Dunlap was right.

Harkless was named Big East Rookie of the Week after collecting his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season, which included a 30 point, 13 rebound performance at Duke — the most points scored by a freshman at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 16 years.

The Queens native averaged 26.5 points on over 58 percent shooting while pulling down 13 boards each game during the week of January 22. He is the second Red Storm frosh to earn the honor this season. D’Angelo Harrison took home the award on January 9, ending an eight-year drought for Johnnies freshmen.

This season, the former Forest Hills High School star has been among the best freshmen in the country — his 16.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds rank fourth and third nationally among freshmen.

The honor comes during the same week the Johnnies trotted out a starting lineup featuring all first-year players — the “Fresh Five.” It is believed to be the first time St. John’s started five freshmen since the school’s famed “Wonder Five” in the late 1920s.

In the week’s first game, Harkless matched up with front-runner for Big East player of the year, Kevin Jones, and scored 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds — which led Jones to say after the game that he was impressed with the young forward.

“He has a chance to be a real good player,” he said.

On Saturday, the Johnnies traveled to Duke to face the sixth-ranked Blue Devils. Harkless led all players with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds,and was a driving force in cutting a 22 point deficit to just four with 20 seconds left before falling 83-76.

St. John’s next faces the second-ranked Syracuse Orange at MSG on Saturday, February 4 at noon.

D’Angelo Harrison named Big East Rookie of the Week

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After averaging more than 20 points and seven rebounds, St. John’s freshman phenom D’Angelo Harrison was named the Big East Rookie of the Week.

The guard led the Red Storm (8-7, 3-2 Big East)  in scoring in both the team’s games last week — a loss at MSG to No. 11/10 Louisville and a win at Cincinnati, snapping the Bearcats seven-game winning streak.  Harrison played in 79 of a possible 80 minutes during last week’s action.

For the week Harrison averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

The Texas native leads all Big East freshmen in scoring — 16 ppg — and is 12th overall in the conference.

Harrison is the first player to earn this honor since Cardozo graduate Daryll Hill in February 2004.

The Johnnies next play at No. 25/24 Marquette (12-4, 1-2) on Wednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m.