Accompanied by his mother and High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian teammate Kwe’ Parker, Giles, the youngest player to ever receive a scholarship from Roy Williams, sat courtside for UNC’s annual basketball tip-off. It was his sixth unofficial visit to Chapel Hill in the last 20 months.
Aside from getting another look at one of the schools that’s offered him a scholarship, Giles wanted to watch UNC freshman Theo Pinson’s formal introduction to college basketball.
Pinson and Giles played together for two years at Wesleyan, winning two state titles along the way.
“Theo was my teammate, so I wanted to support him for his first time out there,” the No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2016 said. “I wanted to get a feel for college and support my man.”
UNC’s version of “Midnight Madness” is a little different. Instead of A-list entertainers and recording artists, Williams likes his players to show a different side of themselves to Carolina fans.
“Midnight Madness is all good wherever you go,” Giles said. ”We had a lot of fun. The skits and videos were real cool. There was a lot of funny stuff going on. Kennedy Meeks is hilarious. He was the show.”
UNC’s communication never wavered during Giles's 11-month absence from the court with a knee injury, he says. His contact with UNC usually came the same way.
“I talk to them probably once or twice a week,” he explained. “It’s usually Coach (C.B.) McGrath and then Coach (Roy) Williams follows up. They’re just checking on how I’m doing and making sure the knee is good. They want to make sure they get me on campus and stuff.”
Along with UNC, Giles said schools who are showing they “really want me” are Duke, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Kentucky.
Last month, Williams and McGrath watched Giles during an open gym session at Wesleyan.
“They talked to me for about an hour after school,” he said. “Coach (Williams) tells me I remind him of James Worthy. I know about him, he was with the Lakers and played with Michael Jordan. That’s a good comparison; it feels good to hear that. It’s always an honor because he’s a legend and Hall of Famer.”
Giles is in no rush to make a college decision – a decision that could be influenced by other top players in the class of 2016. He said he’s spoken with fellow top 10 players Jayson Tatum and Dennis Smith Sr. about attending the same school.
“We’ve all talked about it some with Jayson,” he said. “Some of the reports about us the media made up, but we’re all cool. We’ve talked about it.”
Giles doesn’t have any upcoming visits planned. He’s ready to focus on three-peating.
“I’m just trying to go out there and play hard, do my thing,” he said. “I have to make sure I’m leading my team in a positive way and making my team get better. It’s about the we, not the me. If everyone does well, then everyone gets the credit.”
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