Giles Is Hot Mid-Major Target

Auburndale (Fla.) High's Brandon Giles is a hot mid-major target. He's been on a CAA visit and his list is nice and neat heading into September.

Brandon Giles made an impression on college basketball coaches even while playing hurt. Midway through the summer, the Auburndale, Fla., native took an elbow to the face that should have put him out of commission for the remainder of the summer. It didn't.

"I jumped up to block a shot from the Spiece team and this elbow got me," Giles said. "My front tooth was dangling and the one next to it was pushed up into my gums. They took me to the hospital and did some surgery."

Successful surgery that is and in less than two weeks, Giles was balling at the AAU Nationals. It was something he felt he had to do. "It was the passion I had for basketball; I love it," Giles said. "I figured that if I get a mouth piece in I'd be good. I was in a lot of pain but my team needed me and my mouth was fine as long as I had a mouthpiece."

Giles didn't disappoint, especially those who knew he was toughing out an injury. The all-county performer who averaged 16 points and 6 boards as a junior has remained loyal to the initial schools that have chased him.

"I just narrowed it down to 6 or 7 schools and I picked Western Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Gardner Webb, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville and FAU. West Virginia has been calling and they want to come on a visit."

Last weekend, Giles visited UNC-Wilmington. He said Western Carolina, Gardner Webb, Ball State and Coastal Carolina were also in line for trips.

"I guess I'd have to say UNC-Wilmington and Western Carolina (lead)," Giles said last week. "West Virginia has started to show a lot of interest so they'd be one too."

Giles has been intrigued by the bigger schools that showed interest and made calls on him but he's listening to the programs that have been there the longest and showed the most interest.

"It was (interesting) but like I said, I want to go somewhere that I can come in and make an impact right off the bat to come in and play. I'm not saying I'm not good enough to go to those schools but I didn't think they were showing enough interest."

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