All Eyes On Giles

HAMPTON, Va. – There were lots of fantastic players, moments and teams at the second Nike EYBL session in Hampton this past weekend. Perhaps the most talked-about moment, however, didn't involve a game-tying jump shot or crowd-pleasing dunk.

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, as games for the day were just getting underway, a trio of the college basketball's best head coaches assembled.

Normally, that's not surprising. But this game wasn't between 17U teams and it didn't feature any of the best players from the junior or sophomore classes.

Roy Williams, John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski were on hand to watch Harry Giles III, one of the top players in the class of 2016.

"I can't remember a time that a freshman was able to draw that type of crowd before," said Evan Daniels, national recruiting director for Scout.com. "It shows you just how talented Giles is."

Giles isn't particularly fazed by the attention though.

"It's a great learning experience," the 6-foot-8, 205-pound freshman said. "I'm just having fun along the way, while playing well at the same time."

The CP3 16U team didn't make the playoffs, as its guards struggled some with the up-and-down pace that was on display in Hampton. Those struggles led to frustration, as Giles wasn't often able to get the ball in scoring position.

"That's part of being a team and learning," said Giles. "(Winning) is my passion. I want to be the best and to win; physicality and toughness are part of my game."

Giles, who turned 15 at the end of April, said he didn't want to play 17U for three years for fear of it becoming stale. As is, Giles is still more than year younger than most players on the 16U teams CP3 is facing.

He believes playing against players who are sometimes bigger, faster and stronger "can't do anything but help you get better."

Playing against older players is what Giles did in helping Wesleyan Christian to a state title this past year. One of Giles's biggest fans is his Wesleyan teammate, Theo Pinson, who plays for CP3's 17U team.

"We're real close, that's like my little brother," said Pinson. "Dude is a monster."

Pinson said he wasn't surprised by the attention – and scholarship offers – Giles has received.

"They might as well offer him now," said Pinson. "They're going to offer him sooner or later."

Pinson also said the two haven't discussed playing at the same college (Pinson would be a junior when Giles enters college as a freshman).

"He's so young, he just wants to get out there and play in front of coaches," said Pinson. "It's his first experience so we'll let him have fun doing that."

Over the summer, Giles said he hopes to improve the range on his jump shot, accuracy from the three-point line and overall wing game.

"Giles is as impressive a freshman as I can remember seeing," said Daniels. "At his size, he's a tremendous athlete, has an impressive all-around skill set and can already score in a variety of ways. He's a special and elite level talent."

Giles has offers from Florida State, UNC, Kentucky, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State, Virginia and Wake Forest. He's also receiving heavy interest from Duke.

"I'm just staying humble," said Giles. "I don't take it to the head too much. I just keep working harder and go off of that."

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