Maurice Jose Harkless was born in Queens, New York to Rosa Harkless in 1993. He was also raised by his grandmother, Barbara Harkless. He has two siblings: Shakima Harkless (sister) and Tyler Rodgers (brother). Maurice (who also goes by Moe) attended Forest Hills High School in Queens before transferring to South Kent in Connecticut prior to his senior season. He averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in 2009-10 and was named the New York Daily News' Queens High School Player of the Year. During his senior season, Harkless averaged 27.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per game at South Kent. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Kobe Bryant Classic in Philadelphia. Harkless has participated in multiple charitable activities. In 2012, he helped serve Thanksgiving breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless. Harkless also participated in a fundraising event to raise money for theChildren's Miracle Network in 2013. Learn more about Harkless by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@moe_harkless). Harkless was part of coach Steve Lavin's big 2011 recruiting class for St. John's. He joined D'Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene and Sir'Dominic Pointer on the Red Storm. The 6-foot-8 guard was a starter for all 32 games and provided 15.5 points, a team-leading 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks. Harkless had 11 double-doubles, including 30 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at Duke. The guard had a career-high 32 points against Providence. He helped the Red Storm beat UCLA, DePaul and Notre Dame in February by averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds through that three-game stretch. St. John's was defeated by Pitt in the first round of the Big East Tournament, which ended Harkless' collegiate career. The Big East Freshman of the Year then declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was chosen with the 15th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.