NEW YORK– After a while, it looked like a foregone conclusion, but it became official on Tuesday night: Moe Harkless is the Big East Rookie of the Year.
Harkless received his award from Big East Commissioner John Marinatto on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, hours after the Red Storm’s season came to a close with a 73-59 loss to Pittsburgh.
He stepped to the podium after receiving the award and, with the stoic reservedness we’ve come to expect from the Queens native, he thanked the committee for his selection and his teammates for support, then paused.
“I really don’t know what else to say, man,” he said with a smile.
The 6-8 freshman averaged 15 points and almost nine rebounds for the Red Storm this season, notching 11 double-doubles and eclipsing the 20-point mark seven times.
For St. John’s, he is the second Big East Rookie of the Year in the program’s history.
As was expected, after the presentation, he was showered with questions about his future at St. John’s and a possible move to the NBA.
“I haven’t had a chance to sit down with my coaches, family, and teammates,” he said, maintaining that he is undecided about his future.
He was surrounded by his teammates as he took questions, and, as he explained one of his answers, someone yelled out, “One more year, Moe!”
Harkless’ decision will come in time. For now, it remains a waiting game.