Official Visitor Profile: Harry Giles, III

The nation's top ranked prospect, Harry Giles, will take his final official visit this weekend when he travels to Durham. Here's what you need to know about the player and the recruitment ahead of the visit.

Scouting Report:

Giles is a modern, face-up forward who has grown to 6-9 yet possesses the quickness, reflexes and fluidity of a wing. His jump shot features a high release, no hitches or glitches, and he possesses range to the three-point line. Giles also handles very well for a big guy, creates in one-on-one scenarios and rises for picturesque pull-up jumpers. He utilizes a crossover and explosive first step to attack all the way to the basket as well.

Strengths: (1) Athleticism (2) Size for Position (3) Upside

Weaknesses: (1) Strength

Recruiting News: 

Giles has been recruited by (and could attend) any and every high major program in the country.  After examining his options, Giles reduced his list to a final five of Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Wake Forest.  He visited Kansas, Wake Forest, and Kentucky before cancelling his visit to North Carolina.  

The remaining, and final official visit, will take place this weekend when Giles visits Durham for the Blue Devils’ first exhibition game of the season.   And while the decision making process hasn’t begun at this point - at least not publicly - Giles has made it known that he will make his college commitment on November 14th.  

For more than a year Giles and Jayson Tatum have talked about the idea of playing together for their (presumable) one year of college basketball.  Giles and Tatum went so far to sit down with their families back in April to formally discuss the recruiting process and to compare notes on the various schools.  Since that time the two camps have kept in touch, but Tatum hasn’t pressed the issue according to Giles.

“He’s talked a little but he’s my boy and we were boys first,” said Giles of Tatum.  “He’s not going to tell me all the time that he wants me to go to Duke, but he wants me to go to Duke.  At the same time he tells me to make the right decision for you and if it works out for you to come, great.”

The Potential Fit:

Giles, being the nation’s top ranked player, will fit wherever he goes.  His game will translate easily to the college game, and so an exercise in evaluating the fit at any school has more to do with what would be surrounding Giles.  

In Durham that means a potential team full of high school All-Americans and former five star prospects.  Duke will most likely be without Brandon Ingram and, potentially, Grayson Allen after this season as both could be NBA Draft early-entry candidates.  The Blue Devils will certainly be without Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee who will be graduating.  That leaves the roster as follows:

  • Frontcourt:  Chase Jeter (So.), Antonio Vrankovic (R-Fr.), Sean Obi (R-So.), Jayson Tatum (Fr.), Javin DeLaurier (Fr.)
  • Backcourt: Derryck Thornton (So.), Luke Kennard (So.), Frank Jackson (Fr.), ?Grayson Allen (Jr.), Matt Jones (Sr.) 

Adding Giles to that core would allow Duke to run a number of lineups varying from big to small to super athletic.   If head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to go big he could start Jeter and Giles alongside Tatum.  When Duke went small Giles and Tatum could slide to the five and four spots with three guards spacing the floor.   

Lineups and projections have been the topic of discussion over the last several years when Coach Krzyzewski and the Giles camp have met up.  But, for his part, the player says the Blue Devil pitch boils down to one simple message.

“The coaches said I could be the best player I could be,” said Giles of the Duke pitch. “They would help me to develop with that if I went there.”

Projected Duke Frontcourt (2016-2017):

C- Chase Jeter; Antonio Vrankovic; Sean Obi; Marques Bolden (possible)

PF - Javin DeLaurier

SF - Jayson Tatum, Matt Jones (SF/SG)

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