Harry Giles is taking his ACL recovery in stride.
The No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2016 by ESPN, Giles was one of two rising sophomores invited to the Elite 24 game last week in Brooklyn, but Giles could not participate because of knee surgery after he tore his MCL, ACL and meniscus during Team USA summer basketball. It will cost him most of his sophomore year at Greensboro (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian.
“The timetable is about 6-9 months for recovery,” Giles, who holds offers from Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina, among others, told SNY.TV. “I’m hoping to make it in that timeframe.”
Sitting out of one of the most prestigious games in the calendar year would be tough for anyone, but Giles knows he has a couple more chances.
“It was an honor to be selected to be in the game,” Giles said. “It was tough to sit and watch, but to be included with all of those great players was really great.”
Giles’ high school teammate, Theo Pinson, will be heading to North Carolina next year, and it remains unclear if the two will play together in high school again because of the injury. Still, Giles is up to the challenge for the post-Pinson world.
“During the summer, playing with CP3, I have a lot on my shoulders,” Giles said. “It won’t be new.”
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