Maurice Harkless was born on May 11, 1993 in New York, New York. Harkless attended Forest Hills High School and was named the New York Daily Queens High School Player of the Year during his junior year. After high school, he joined St. John’s and won the Big East Rookie of the Year during his freshman season. In 2012, he declared for the NBA draft. Harkless was the 15th overall pick in the NBA draft and was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers. Two months later, he was then traded to the Orlando Magic.
Harkless averaged 8.2 points per game in his rookie season. In 2015, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. He had a career high of 16 points in a game versus the Sacramento Kings. In 2016, he signed once again with the Portland Trail Blazers.