Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Carolina, Syracuse, Arizona Watch Harry Giles
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — As Harry Gilesworks his back from a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee, he continues to attract a Who’s Who of college coaches at Peach Jam.
Three Duke coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski, two Kentucky coaches, including John Calipari, two Syracuse coaches, including Jim Boeheim, Kansas’s Bill Self and North Carolina’s Roy Williams were among those on hand Friday morning to watch the 6-foot-10 Giles when Team CP3 lost to Team Takeover, 72-61. Arizona coach Sean Miller has also watched Giles here.
“You see them in the game, but you don’t pay no attention to them,” Giles, who wears a large black knee brace, said after going for 7 points on 3-for-3 shooting and 4 rebounds against Takeover.
Giles, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 by 247 Sports, currently has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State and Wake Forest.
He says he has no favorites right now.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day, weigh my options, talk to the coach and develop a relationship,” he said. “I’m not sure right now.”
St. Louis Eagles guard Jayson Tatumtold SNY.tv he plans to speak with Giles, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seventh Woods next week at the USA Basketball U17 training in Colorado Springs about potentially teaming up in college.
“We’re probably going to talk about it a lot more next week, (at USA Trials in Colorado Springs)” Tatum said. “We’ll all be in the same place. It’s something we’re thinking about. It’s not set in stone yet, but we do like talking about things like that.”
Giles and Tatum have known each other since they were 12 and the former said he’s a fan of Tatum’s game.
“Great player, versatile just like me, really skilled,” Giles said. “I’m impressed with his game.”
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