Sixers Select St. John's Forward Moe Harkless

Sixers Select St. John's Forward Moe Harkless

With the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select, from St. John's University, Moe Harkless.

A 6-foot-8 forward, Harkless, the 11th leading scorer in the Big East last season and the conference's Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Red Storm.

Harkless played power forward in college, but projects more as a three in the NBA. If that's the case, he'll need to dramatically improve his perimeter play. He shot 44.5
percent from the field last season -- pretty impressive -- but just 20 percent in limited
attempts from behind the arc.

Though it's an incomplete comparison, he's not unlike a young Thaddeus Young, as a long, athletic, leaping swingman who needs to improve his shot but, in the meantime, is capable of doing damage in transition and will certainly go hard to the basket. Of course, the Sixers already have a few of those guys, including Young himself, not to mention Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner.

To provide some context, Chris Broussard was already speculating on the ESPN broadcast about Iguodala's future as a Sixer. Then again, Iggy trade rumors are nothing new and there's nothing about this that necessarily screams an immediate roster change is on the way.

We'll have more as the night goes on. The Sixers have two more picks this evening in the second round -- the 45th and 54th overall.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000


Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P