High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian power forward Harry Giles is one of the most talented players in the 2016 class. He is a five-star prospect ranked as the top player at his position and third best overall.
With several elite offers to his name, another one came in recently. Or at least that’s what some thought.
”During my freshman year, Syracuse had already offered me when their coach (Jim Boeheim) came to watch me work out,” Giles said. “Then they called me recently just to confirm it and that’s when I let it out.
”When I was a freshman they didn’t talk to me too much and then I was hurt as a sophomore. But now, they kind of picking things up. They say they like me and everything and that I would fit into their system great. They think I could be a big pick for them that they need a player like me in the program.”
While assistant Adrian Autry is the primary recruiter for the 6-foot-9 Giles, head coach Jim Boeheim is also very involved.
”Coach Autry and coach Boeheim are the ones recruiting me,” he said. “I respect both of them. Both of them are great guys and down to earth. They keep it real with you at all times. I like that.”
The five-star talent was excited about adding the Orange to his growing list of offers. He is quite familiar with the program and has kept an eye on how the develop their players.
”I like Syracuse,” Giles said. “I grew up watching Syracuse. I liked ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) back in the day. I like different things and a lot of different things about Syracuse. I like the way they play and the zone defense.
”They have a lot of players that were really good and really worked on their games like C.J. Fair.”
The next step for Giles’ relationship with Syracuse is getting on campus to see things in person. He hopes that will happen during the upcoming season.
”Yeah hopefully,” Giles said. “I have to talk to my parents about trying to get up there. We have to work something out but I plan on getting up there.”
Giles added that he has Syracuse high on his list and he wants to decide before the start of his senior season (summer/fall 2015).