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Harry Giles leaving Duke, declares for NBA Draft

Like you, I hate all things Duke. Well, almost all things. Harry Giles is the one exception.

I genuinely feel bad for Harry Giles, the one-time projected No. 1 overall pick who suffered a torn ACL two minutes into his senior season of high school. The knee injury was Giles’ second in two years — he tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his other knee as a sophomore.

Then of course Giles went on to commit to and play for Duke, where he averaged just 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game as a freshman trying to come back from the injuries. He didn’t score a single point in the Blue Devils’ two tournament games.

With the slow first season, Giles dropped all the way to a projected late first-rounder, and today he announced he will go ahead and pursue his NBA dream despite the fall down the board.

It’ll be interesting to see if anyone takes a chance on the young, injury-riddled forward with two bad knees, who at one time had superstar potential.

I know I will be rooting for him, Dukie and all.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for Harry Giles leaving Duke, declares for NBA Draft

  1. DelrayCat
    3:32 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    If Skal can get drafted and make it in the NBA, then so can Giles. Skilled big men who can shot are always desired, even if they are made of glass.

    • TBW3011
      9:23 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Skal had upside though. This kids game is nothing but downside due to his injuries. It’s unfortunate, but his best days are long gone.

  2. JaxWildcat
    3:37 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    If the same rules are in place as last year and he doesn’t sign with an agent he can test the waters, get feedback, and go back to school if needed. Perfect case for why those changes went in last year.

  3. garypatterson7o
    4:00 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Dat neck doe

  4. david8577
    4:19 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    With a normal neck, he would be 6’1″.

  5. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:29 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    He’ll pull himself before the firm deadline. Just testing the waters (it’s cold bro, ice cold).

  6. secrick
    4:30 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    If he doesn’t make it in the nba he can always go back to school at N.C. take some fake classes and graduate .

    5:00 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck Harry, from all of us at BBN, your a good kid! Hope you get some solid years in the association

  8. Kat4Life
    5:28 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Close friends of ours had a daughter that went to high school with this kid….said he was the most polite, high-character young man in the entire school……humble, well-mannered, great role model………

  9. MattRice
    5:50 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Giles shouldn’t have played this year, I think his stock would have been higher if he hadn’t. I wouldn’t have risked it 3 knee surgeries is not a good sign for someone so young. Wish him the best of luck though.

    • TBW3011
      9:24 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely his stock would be higher had he not played. Huge mistake and selfish move by K

  10. runningunnin.454
    6:20 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Doesn’t that make him a one-and-done? AT Duke..gasp.
    The criticism will pour down on Coach K.

  11. bdmnky81
    7:10 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Good move on his part. Back of the 1st round mean he will be drafted by a quality team with leadership in olace both on the court and in the front office. He seems like the kind that needs a front office that actually values player health over making splashes with the fan base.

  12. TBW3011
    9:25 pm March 28, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t imagine him going 1st round. Terrible pick if someone does it. Awful in fact.