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).