Duke one-and-done freshman Harry Giles could be the steal of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Due to multiple injuries, Giles, ESPN’s No. 1 ranked high school recruit on the 2016 class, is slated to be picked at No. 20 in the upcoming draft, according to Draftexpress.com.
But if healthy, the athletic 6-11 forward is a beast.
“Giles is a physical specimen with the kind of freak size and athleticism that doesn’t come along very often,” wrote Fansided’s Adam McGee. “At 6-11 tall with a 7-3 wingspan and 9-1 standing reach, Giles has many of the physical hallmarks that teams have long looked for in big men, yet he also possesses a fluidity and ease of movement that make him an intriguing mix of modern and old school frontcourt fundamentals.”
“[Giles] shows no hesitation in defending opponents of any size one-on-one, but [looks] particularly impressive for a man of his stature when drawn away from the basket on smaller, quicker opponents,” McGee adds. “On the offensive end, Giles would be used as a constant rim-running threat who would cause matchup nightmares in the open court.”
But the big caveat with Giles is, “if he’s healthy,” which is the million dollar question with this massively talented big man, whose young career has been riddled with injuries.
He missed his entire senior season of high school with a torn ACL.
Then in October Giles had a new surgery, a left knee arthroscopy, which delayed his start with the Blue Devils.
He sat out the first 11 games this season for Duke. On the year, he made only six starts, averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds on 58 percent shooting from the field.
Giles averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds for Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC) as a high school junior, leading the team to a 30-5 record and the NCISAA 3A North Carolina state finals.
For his senior year he transferred to basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.), which has featured NBA stars such as Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
But in Oak Hill Academy’s first game, Giles tore his ACL and was ruled out for the year.
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