Giles is next big thing

Word trickled out of the U16 USA Basketball trials last fall that Harry Giles has a chance to be special. Since then he's led his high school team to a state championship and has drawn some of the nation's best coaches to see him play.

It's rare for a prospect to draw the likes of Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and John Calipari to games and practices. It's even more unique for that esteemed list of coaches to be tracking a freshman.

But that's the case with Harry Giles.

"It was very surprising," Giles told "I expected there to be coaches, but not that early."

After evaluating Giles, who helped lead High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian to a state title this year, at the Carolina Challenge this past weekend, it's safe to say he's worthy of the early attention.

Just 14-years old, Giles already stands 6-foot-9 and checks in at 210-pounds. Athletically he's gifted, as he runs the floor with ease, moves well laterally and is a tremendous leaper.

To go with his physical attributes, Giles is skilled. He handles the ball well, can score from both inside and out and has great touch around the rim. Throw in an active motor, his rebounding ability and an impressive defensive presence and Giles appears to be the next big thing in high school hoops.

Sure that's a big tag to put on a kid that hasn't turned 15, but Giles doesn't feel the pressure.

"I just play my game," Giles said. "I just play basketball at the end of the day. I don't let all the hype get to me. I just play like I have something to prove to everybody."

In fact, Giles seems motivated to put together a strong summer.

"Last summer I was hurt a lot so I want to go out there and do my best and have fun and show people that all the rumors going around about me aren't fake," Giles said. "They are true."

What are the rumors?

"That he may be good or he may not be that good," Giles responded. "Some people say I'm good. Some people say I'm not. Some say I'm OK. I'm going to show them."

To go with the early interest from Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina, Giles has also heard from Florida State, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Old Dominion and Ohio State. He's already visited a handful of schools on his list.

"I've been to Duke and Carolina multiple times," Giles said. "I've been to Wake and I've been to N.C. State."

There are two other schools Giles is hoping to visit in the near future as well.

"I want to go see Kentucky and also I want to go see Ohio State if I have time too," he said. "I'll probably go around and see Carolina and Duke too because I've been tot their stadiums and stuff I haven't really been on campus."

Giles said his recruitment is open at this point, but North Carolina is a school he grew up following.

"Not really, but kind of grew up a Carolina kid because my grandma," Giles said when asked which school he liked as a kid. "She likes Carolina everything, the Panthers and everything so I always grew up liking Carolina. Now I just like everybody."

Giles plans to play on the spring and summer circuit with the CP3 All-Stars 16's team.

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