Jan. 30, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year and freshman All-America candidate Moe Harkless continues to emerge as one of the top newcomers in the league, and across the nation. Harkless - coming off a week where he averaged 26.5 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per outing across a pair of contests, connecting at a 58.5 percent clip from the floor and adding three blocks and two steals - was awarded with his first BIG EAST's Rookie of the Week honor, announced by the conference on Monday.
Harkless is fourth in the nation among freshman scorers (16.6 points per game), leading all BIG EAST rookies and ranking second among conference freshmen in rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game). Harkless' scoring average of 18.1 points per game in conference ranks fourth among all BIG EAST players, his team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game in league play is sixth, his 2.1 blocked shots rates third in conference play and his 51.2 BIG EAST field goal percentage is 10th.
In St. John's 78-62 victory over rv/rv West Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Madison Square Garden, Harkless totaled 23 points and 13 rebounds to post his seventh-career double-double, and his fourth in BIG EAST action. He went 11-for-20 from the field with three blocked shots, one assist and one steal in the contest.
Playing an out-of-conference nationally-televised contest at No. 8/6 Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium this past Saturday, Harkless made a huge statement on the national stage with 30 points on a 13-of-21 performance from the field, to go along with 13 rebounds and one steal.
In recording the remarkable performance at Duke, Harkless became:
The first player to score 30 points against Duke this season.
The first player to score 30 points against Duke since March 24, 2011, when Derrick Williams scored 32 for Arizona in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The first player to score 30 against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Feb. 7, 2009, when Jack McClinton scored 34 for Miami.
The first freshman to score 30 against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Feb. 14, 1996, when Courtney Alexander scored 30 for Virginia.
The first St. John's player ever to score 30 points at Cameron Indoor Stadium, besting the previous high of 22 scored by Bootsy Thornton on Feb. 26, 2000.
The first St. John's player to score 30 points against Duke since Jan. 24, 1999, when Bootsy Thornton scored 40 at MSG.
The honor is the latest in a series for St. John's heralded freshman class. Earlier this season, Harkless was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1. On Jan. 9, D'Angelo Harrison became the first St. John's player to be named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week since guard Daryll Hill on Feb. 23, 2004. Harrison is second in the BIG EAST among rookie scorers only to Harkless, and sixth in the nation at 15.8 ppg.
St. John's returns to BIG EAST action on Feb. 1, traveling to DePaul for an 8:30 p.m. game that will be televised on SNY.