Mar 16, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; NCAA logo shot during the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

Prospect Breakdown: Harry Giles

First off I would like to say I am really not a fan of breaking down 8th graders and Freshmen. With that said some kids you see are just special and one that I have seen play a couple times now that you just know will be special is Wesleyan Christian Academy (Winston-Salem, NC) Freshman Harry Giles. Giles, a class of 2016 product, stands 6’8” and weighs in at 205 lbs. Giles plays his AAU ball with CP3 and it is only there I have really seen him challenged. Obviously you have to be a special product to be on the radar so soon. The reason I am profiling Giles is because he is that special product and with him being just down the road in WInston-Salem UNC coaches have already taken notice as well

Giles in most cases is a man amongst boys even in HS, and not just because of his size. Giles’ basketball IQ, athleticism, and shooting stroke are not just miles ahead of his peers but in some cases much better than older college prospects. Giles was arguably a better performer than UNC target and teammate Theo Pinson (Class 2014). Giles reminds me a lot of Noah Vonleh (recent UNC target) but moves with a bit more fluidity and has a far better handle. I am not going to compare Giles to Kevin Durant but he certainly seems to have the potential to develop into a player with a very similar game. At this point the game looks pretty darn effortless for Giles but that hasn’t stopped Giles from continuing to work hard to improve. Over the past year Giles has gone from a simple post man to a true point forward. Even with all his talent my favorite part of Giles’ game is he plays with a swagger and attitude that have been the staple of some of UNC’s best basketball teams.

Look to hear tons more about Mr. Giles as we get closer to 2014. I am also putting myself out there saying this but I am going to say it anyway. At his current pace of development I see no way that Mr. Giles doesn’t receive and scholarship offer from Roy Williams when the time comes. As long as he does what he needs to do off the court I see no way Roy Williams won’t be recruiting this kid hard in about two years. So Heels fans consider yourselves warned.

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