Sixers sign top draft picks Harkless and Moultrie

Posted: July 26, 2012

The 76ers signed rookies Maurice Harkless and Arnett Moultrie on Tuesday. Harkless was the 15th overall pick in last month's NBA draft. The Sixers acquired Moultrie, drafted with the 27th pick overall pick by Miami, by trading the draft rights to Justin Hamilton (45th pick overall) and a protected future first-round pick.

The terms of the deals were not made public. However, in the first year of their deals, Harkless will make $1.73 million and Moultrie will make $1.04 million.

Harkless (6-foot-8, 208 pounds), entered the draft after just one season at St. John's. Just 19, Harkless earned Big East rookie of the year honors after averaging 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor.

Moultrie, (6-11, 249), left Mississippi State following a junior season that saw him average 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting almost 55 percent from the floor. The first team all-SEC selection led the conference in scoring and was tied for 10th in the nation.


Contact staff writer John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow him on Twitter @JmitchInquirer. Read his deepsixer blog at philly.com

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