More basketball recruiting news! According to Phenom Hoop Report’s Rick Lewis, Harry Giles has moved his announcement from November 14 to November 12, and instead of taking place at the Phenom National Showcase in Winston-Salem, the announcement will be broadcast live on ESPN from Turner Gymnasium at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
There’s a couple of ways to read this. First of all, moving the announcement out of Winston-Salem doesn’t look very promising for Wake Forest, who was hoping to convince Giles to be a hometown hero. If you want to see the switch from a Kentucky slant, the fact that Giles is announcing outside of the state of North Carolina could be a bonus, I guess. Calipari did visit Giles at Oak Hill yesterday; however, Duke’s still the heavy favorite, and you can pitch the switch from their perspective as well. Maybe Giles simply wants to avoid hurting Wake and their fans’ feelings by committing to Duke in their own backyard. Or, he just wanted it to be televised and Thursday night was the only available time.
At least we’ll know a week from tomorrow.