2017 point guard talks SMU

2017 Plano West point guard Chris Giles talked with Patrick at the adidas Gauntlet about his SMU interest!

The opening weekend of AAU season brought the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series to Dallas, and 2017 point guard Chris Giles was among the many SMU prospects to play in it.

Last month, Giles’ high school team, Plano (Texas) West, rolled through the playoffs to a state title. In addition to Giles, the Wolves boasted Texas A&M signees Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg, Ohio State signee Mickey Mitchell and UCLA football signee Soso Jamabo.

“It was a lot of fun, it made me a lot better player. It was obviously really fun because we won state, but just a good experience overall,” Giles said.

While Giles enjoyed playing on such a dominant team, he is excited to use AAU play to show off his game. He averaged 10.3 points per game and four assists per game for Texas Select, a solid start to AAU season for one of Texas’ best sophomores.

“I’m looking to show everyone my full game,” Giles said. “I was on a loaded high school team, so I wasn’t always able to show my full ability, so I’m just looking to come out this summer and showcase all I have.”

SMU offered Giles in his freshman year, and he said the coaches have been in consistent contact with his dad, Chris.

“My dad speaks with coach K.T. (Turner) on a regular basis, and coach (Larry) Brown,” the younger Giles said. “They’ve come up to the high school sometimes to watch me. They’re just really good guys and I like them a lot.”

Brown a selling point for many high school players, and Giles is no different. He’s visited SMU a couple times before and has a lot of respect for the Hall of Fame coach.

“I like coach Brown’s philosophy,” Giles said. “He’s obviously a very wise coach since he’s been in the game for a really long time. He’s just a guy who really knows what he’s doing, so he’s a good guy to know and a good guy to listen to…They like to play a control game, and that can be very conducive to my game.”

Giles has started to gain interest from Notre Dame, Texas, Kansas, Creighton, Vanderbilt, among others. New Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart was among the coaches to watch him at the weekend tournament. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard reported offers from SMU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Houston. He said he does not have any favorites at this time.

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