Nation's Top Player, Harry Giles, Commits to Duke

Harry Giles made his college choice public on Friday, by committing to Duke over Kansas, Kentucky and Wake Forest.

The No. 1 prospect in the 2016 class – Harry Giles – verbally committed to Mike Krzyzewski and Duke on Friday.

Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward, picked the Duke Blue Devils over Kansas, Kentucky and Wake Forest. Giles took official visits to all four of his finalists. His last official visit was to Duke this past weekend.

Giles is one of the most decorated recruits of recent memory, as he’s been rated the top prospect in the class on Scout for all but a couple of months when he was recovering from tearing his ACL and MCL earlier in his career.

Giles has won three Gold Medals with USA Basketball, including this past summer with the U19 team in the FIBA U19 World Championships. Giles led the USA team in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and 10.6 rebounds a game.

With the addition of Giles, Duke now has the No. 1 recruiting class in country. Giles joins No. 3 overall Jayson Tatum, No. 17 Frank Jackson and No. 40 player Javin DeLaurier to make up their current class.

Duke assistant Jeff Capel was the point man on the Giles recruitment. 

On Tuesday, Giles, who recently transferred to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, tore the ACL in his left knee, subsequently ending his senior season.

Breaking Down Giles' Game

Brian Snow: Harry is one of the elite talents we have seen in the past several years. Though the power forward position is radically changing both at the college and professional levels Giles has the ability to adapt. He has the athleticism and length to guard on the perimeter and the size and toughness to play down low. Virtually any system of basketball fits Giles, and he can do a variety of different things. Giles scores it well on the low block, really rebounds, can face up and shoot, and runs the floor like a guard. At times he has dominated on big international stages as well as on the biggest stage of high school basketball. While his injury history is unfortunate given the advances in modern medicine his long term future remains extremely bright.

Josh Gershon: Harry Giles is an elite prospect, easily one of the top few nationally, regardless of class. At 6-foot-10 with a +4 wingspan at 7-foot-2, Giles has good size and length for a power forward. He plays hard and is capable of scoring facing up or with his back to the basket. Giles can hit midrange jumpers, but is also fully capable of taking defenders off the dribble and finishing around the basket. Giles is a very good rebounder and gets a lot of points on putbacks. His size, skill set motor and athleticism makes him a consistently productive player. He's shown the ability to fully bounce back from a much worse knee injury in the past and he remains a terrific prospect with a bright future moving forward.

Evan Daniels: Since he was a freshman Harry Giles has been touted as arguably the top prospect in the 2016 class. For a stint he was removed from that spot, but that was more to see how he would recover from his initial injury. By this past summer, he was back to normal and comfortable. At 6-foot-10, Giles is a versatile, but balanced power forward prospect. Giles is a terrific rebounder that plays with a very good motor. He runs the floor with ease, is a good athlete and can score the ball in a variety of ways.


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