Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke’s entire coaching staff along with North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Hubert Davis and several players watched 2016 power forward Harry Giles of Wesleyan (N.C.) Christian go for 38 points and 19 rebounds Tuesday night.
The news was reported on Twitter by @RodgerBohn and @jhardy575.
Duke assistant Jon Scheyer and Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kenny Payne also watched Giles last week.
The 6-foot-10 Giles tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus while playing for the USA Under-16 team last summer and missed his sophomore season of high school basketball. He finally returned to the court this May after 11 months of rehab and recovery. Giles has shown some signs of rust which is natural when returning from an injury of that nature.
“It’s been good,” Giles told SNY.tv in August when asked how his recovery was going. “I’ve just been going hard rehabbing and getting better every day.”
Giles listed Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Ohio State, UNLV and Texas as the schools recruiting him the hardest at that point.
Giles has discussed possibly teaming up with two of the players also in the Class of 2016.
“Jayson Tatum and I talk about that all the time,” Giles said. “I talk to Dennis Smith, too. We all talk about it all the time, but nothing is set in stone.”
Tatum recently told SNY.tv that six schools were recruiting him the hardest: Arizona, Saint Louis, Illinois, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.