WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LOTTERY PICK
PLAYER SUMMARY: Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 2016 recruiting class was one of the best the Hall of Famer ever had in his illustrious career. One of those players was Harry Giles. Regarded by many as a top 5 recruit, Giles didn’t play his senior season because of a torn acl, which is the 2nd time he has had a torn acl.
The Duke coaching staff has brought the big-man along very slowly this season. The PF didn’t play for about the first month of the season, as he wasn’t 100%. When he did get cleared to play, his minutes were low and he was rusty. At the time of this profile, the former 5-star recruit is playing more minutes and is starting to show what the hype is about. However, to us it looks like Giles is still not 100%.
When watching Duke and Giles play, we see glimpses of what has made him such a decorated recruit. When healthy, there aren’t too many 6’10” players that can do what he does on the basketball court. He is an extremely athletic PF who already has the look of an NBA player. His quickness and speed are exceptional. While only seen in glimpses this season, we see the ability for him to become a dominant rebounder. He has the quick twitch muscles that every player wishes they had. He shows great timing when rebounding and blocking shots.
Giles has shown a nice touch around the basket and has shown us a little jump-hook. We believe this can be a very useful weapon in his offensive arsenal down the road. Despite his size, we see him display a very quick first step, which is impressive considering the fact we don’t think he is playing up to his full ability at this point.
The freshmen is going to have to improve his mid-range game. Right now his shot from 12-15 feet is inconsistent. For him to become a reliable offensive weapon in the NBA, he will need to be able to make the mid-range jumper.
We are writing this profile just as Giles is starting to get more playing time each game. It was smart on the Duke coaches to keep him out until they thought he was ready. By watching him play, you can see he is still shaking off the rust. 2 major knee injuries in his high school career will scare some NBA teams off of him. However, his talent is undeniable.
Harry Giles offers a very unique blend of skill, athleticism, and strength that don’t come around very often in such a big-man. He has the natural gifts that NBA teams love. On potential alone, we believe he would be a top 5 pick in this years June Draft. However, you have to factor in his injury history. In our opinion, his individual workouts are going to be critical in regards to his draft status.
If Giles can prove that he is 100% healthy, he can be the wildcard in the 2017 NBA Draft that will make teams regret passing on him in a few years. Once he improves his jump-shot and a few other things, if healthy, he has All-Star potential. The key word is healthy. We still believe that he is worthy of being a lottery pick. His talent will be too difficult for an NBA team picking within the first 14 picks to pass him up.
To read our 2016 High School profile on Harry Giles, CLICK HERE.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF HARRY GILES
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