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Harry Giles III

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Name: Harry Giles III

School: Duke

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 1 (2016)

Birthdate: April 22, 1998 (18)

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


- Parents Harry and Melissa Giles

- 4 siblings

- Father played football and basketball at Winston-Salem State

High School: 

- Oak Hill Academy

- Forest Trail Academy

- Wesleyan Christian Academy


- 2016 Jordan Brand Classic

- 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

- First Team All-USA selection by USA Today

- Won gold with Team USA at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships

- Named to 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship All-Tournament Team

- Has won 3 gold medals with Team USA


Twitter: HGizzle1

Instagram: BigTicket_HG

Height: 6'10.75

Weight: 222

Wingspan: 7'3

Standing Reach: 9'1

Injury History:

- Suffered torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus in his left knee in June 2013

- Partially tore right ACL in high school senior season 

- Had surgery on knee in October 2016 - missed first 11 games with Duke

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Outgoing vibrant personality

- Very close with Jayson Tatum

- Favourite NBA player is LeBron

- Describes himself as versatile

Freshman Season Stats: Through 4 games

- 3.8 PPG

- 5.5 RPG

- 0.5 APG

- 33% FG

- 50% FT

Position: PF

Greatest Strength: Athleticism, Rebound + Fluidity

Greatest Weakness: Injuries

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 7

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: N/A

Jumpshot: N/A (Needs more time to get comfortable in-game)

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 8

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 9

Motor: 8

Touch: 8

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 7

Steals: N/A

Blocks: N/A (has not blocked or stolen a ball yet but great potential with both - needs more time)

Pick and Roll: 

- A defensive nightmare in the pick and roll - as good as it gets defensively because he can pretty much switch onto anyone

- When he regains his abilities and comfort, he should be an unstoppable offensive pick and roll player as well

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Smooth offensively 

- Fluid movement/athlete

- Good rebounder

- Serious defensive potential

- Always boxes out

Game Analysis: 

Limited Minute Games:

- vs. Tennesse State

- #4 Ken'Darrius Hamilton

- Catch and shoot on right elbow - miss

- Good shot contest on 3

- vs. Elon

- #12 Christian Hairston

- Gets offensive rebound turns at right block and misses floater

- Gets ball on right block deep, turns and misses easy hook with right

- FTs 1/2

- Very aware in help talking and pointing

- vs. Virginia Tech

- #2 Khadim Sy

- Catches deep straightaway in the post, turns right and hits hook shot

- Always pointing and talking as the defensive anchor

- Catches far on left block, backs down, turns and takes hook middle - miss

- Great offensive rebound and putback in the lane over the top of defender

- Late on help at the rim allowed layup

Game 4

- vs. Georgia Tech (1st Start)

- #12 Quinton Stephens

- #44 Ben Lammers

- #24 Sylvester Ogbonda

- Alley oop layin at the hoop - penetration on zone left him wide open

- Good help to switch ball screen and go straight up to affect shot attempt at hoop

- Great job of showing on ball handler then recovering to Lammers then affecting shot on drive and forcing pass

- Catches on right block turns left and bricks bank shot doesn't hit rim - rusty offensive skills

- Catches alley-oop over the top of the zone

- Incredible one handed defensive rebound

- Offensive rebound over Lammers

- Another one handed offensive rebound in traffic and gets putback bank shot

- Bites on pump fake in the post and fouls on the shot

- Catches on left block, double teamed, hits Tatum on the cut with very nice pass

- Catch and shoot left corner jumper - airball

- Another alley-oop over the top of 2 defenders in the zone

NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 8.5 if healthy

Projected Draft Spot: Late Lottery

Opinion: Giles highlights in his senior season are incredible. He dribbled and moved like a guard. It is obvious he has elite physical ability. He could be the prototypical PF who can guard the pick and roll and also protect the basket. Giles has long arms, good hands and natural rebounding instincts. Giles is extremely fluid. His offensive skills need finetuning because of his time off. If he stays healthy and regains his form he is an NBA star. But that is a big if. I would probably not take Giles in the lottery. His fear of contact worries me and there are so many healthy players with star potential as well.