Devils Interested in 2004 Big Man?

After committing to Miami and signing a National Letter of Intent, Rainier Beach standout big man C.J. Giles is expecting to be released after a coaching change prompted a change of heart. A top 50 prospect overall, the 6-foot-10 230 pounder will have no shortage of suitors in the coming weeks. However the Hurricanes are seemingly in no rush to release him.

"We were supposed to know something on Monday," said CJ's father Chester. "It's up to the Athletic Director and the coaching staff down there. It's in their hands, but they aren't doing anything about it. I know they released two other guys, but they haven't told us anything."

While C.J. Giles is considered to be very heavy lean towards the University of Washington, his father acknowledges that a number of big time programs would likely be interested in his son. However, none of the schools can contact the Seattle native until the release is granted and processed.

"We'd be open to looking at anyone as soon as we get this release," said the elder Giles. "The problem is that with passing day we lose more and more of our window of opportunity."

With the imminent departure of starting power forward Luol Deng, Duke has contacted Giles' high school coach about a possible visit once the release is processed.

"He hasn't pinned down one school," Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said. "He would want to look at Duke, Kansas, Georgia Tech, and Arizona if time permits."

The new interest from the Blue Devils isn't falling on deaf ears either.

"They would certainly be one of the teams we would love to look at, but until we get the release our hands are tied. It looks like a good situation and there may be some early playing time there."

Stay tuned to TDD for more on Giles and the rest of the class of 2004.

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