An Update With Harry Giles

The nation's top overall prospect sat down with TDD at the USA Basketball camp to discuss recruiting, his move to Oak Hill and what his fellow high major prospects are saying regarding his decision.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Harry Giles is the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, but he's still sorting out a busy schedule that includes his transfer to Oak Hill, recruiting  and a recent trip to USA Basketball.

The 6-foot-10 big man sat out the competition at USA Basketball with a hand injury, but he still wanted to come and show support for the program and what it has done for his career. 

Now Giles is hoping to finish out his high school career with a big senior season at Oak Hill.

"The transition to Oak Hill is tough. But at the same time, it's the right decision for me. It's what I wanted," Giles said. "[We work out] early morning, 5 a.m. and after school too. It's a great challenge. So I know the team is going to be really good and we want to be one of the best teams that ever played there. I just want to have a really good year there because it's my last year before college."

The decision to leave North Carolina was a difficult one for Giles but he wanted to test himself against the best competition every day. 

"You get better," Giles said of Oak Hill. "Playing against better talent every day. Playing against guys like you. You can't replace playing against guys your size."

As for recruiting, Giles is focused on his final list and he has only taken an official visit to Wake Forest. Giles also mentioned Duke, Kansas and Kentucky to TDD. The Blue Devils are still in tight with Giles, as they've had a long-standing relationship with him.

"Talking to them since freshman year, they've had the same staff recruiting me," Giles said of Duke. "I've built a great relationship with them."

Duke is looking more and more attractive now that they've landed five-stars like Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson. Giles said that other players have talked to him about the recruiting process, but he's going to make the his own decision.

"They just let me go through my process," Giles said. "I know Frank [Jackson], but not as much as I know Jayson. So me and Frank don't talk as much. This is the first time I've actually met [Frank], is out here. Jayson, he just tells me he wants me to come and how well we play with each other. At the same time, I have to make the right decision for me, so he's with whatever I do."

Giles should be healthy from his hand injury before the high school season begins.


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