By John Denton

Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless knew that by devoting his offseason to lifting weights, doing sprint work on the track and reworking his jump shot that it would have great benefits during the upcoming season.

But he got an early sneak peek into just how impressive of a transformation his body had gone through last month when he visited his old college campus at St. John’s in New York City.

It was then, with his biceps bulging and his pectorals prominently protruding, that Harkless was no longer viewed as the skinny, happy-go-lucky 19-year-old and instead was now seen as a 20-year-old professional who is dead serious about getting better at his craft. Those who know Harkless best couldn’t believe how his physique had changed and his maturity had sharpened.

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