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Harry Giles partially tears ACL, out for season


Some horrible news for the nation’s best high school prospect, right as he gets ready to announce his college decision.

Harry Giles, who John Calipari saw in North Carolina two nights ago, has partially torn his ACL in his right knee. He will miss his entire senior season of high school basketball.

The injury is nothing new to Giles, unfortunately. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee two summers ago, and was just getting back to 100 percent from the injury.

Giles is set to announce his decision on November 12.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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26 Comments for Harry Giles partially tears ACL, out for season

  1. BAdams
    11:29 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Not a good sign for his NBA career that he’s turning out to be injury prone. I know it’s gotta be tough missing the entire season like this, but at least it’s not completely torn. Wish him a speedy recovery.

    • sid brewer
      1:07 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      onther odom bad luck the ohio st never got a chance he has left knee now right he is done

    • Megan
      1:11 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      He’ll likely have reconstruction of the torn bundle, leaving the uninjured bundle in place. Augmentation surgery is much better than needing a complete reconstruction of the ACL, but he will still have to go through the same recovery and physical therapy. Maximum medical improvement will probably take a full year.

      So it’s possible he won’t miss any games for Duke, er, I mean, for whichever school he chooses tomorrow. But like Poythress, he’s going to have to prove himself to NBA scouts. I have no doubt he will do just that. ACLs are not a big thing anymore. Derek Anderson played 12 years in the NBA with a reconstructed ACL, and that was 20 year ago. Harry’s going to be just fine.

    • papasnapper
      2:49 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Sid: Huh? Sorry to take be the grammar police here, but really, use a period to separate your thoughts/sentences. Have to think about what you’re trying to say. That shouldn’t be necessary.

  2. BenHur
    11:33 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Tough blow. Guys can come back really well from this type of thing though. Cal will switch the pitch to “we are committed to you regardless”. Loyalty is a big deal in both directions.

    • Michael
      11:41 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Tough for the kid, but I agree that this helps Cal. He can point to Julius Randle and Enes as examples where he has taken kids even if there is a chance they might not be able to play. He won’t rush him back for the team, because his NBA future is more important to Cal than what he contributes at UK.

  3. BigO
    11:34 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Terrible news for the young man. Wishing him a quick and complete recovery.

  4. Allison
    11:43 am November 5, 2015 Permalink

    I really feel bad for the kid. That’s a difficult thing, especially when you have such a bright future. However, (and I’m sure I’ll catch some flack over this) do we REALLY want to invest in someone who has a history of devastating injuries? I know he’s more than likely going to Duke, so it may be totally irrelevant. But I still can’t shake the Nerlens injury/subsequent NIT catastrophe. Just a thought.

  5. BBNTrain
    12:00 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Cal really hasn’t been recruiting him hard so we don’t want damaged goods anyway Duke can get our leftovers..

    • memphis
      12:06 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      He hasn’t been recruiting him hard? Cal was at his game watching him play when he tore his ACL.

    • Where do we start?
      12:35 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      For a short post, you did a thorough job of revealing your ignorance.

  6. memphis
    12:01 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    I can also imagine anti-Cal coaches using this in their sales pitch. “Don’t go to UK. Calipari was in the gym when Giles tore his ACL and has yet to comment on whether he had anything to do with it.”

  7. doc
    12:03 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Heard from Matt on the show today that his repair surgery is taking place at Duke. Best of luck to him in his recovery. First Dennis Smith and now Giles.

    • Kyblue34
      12:21 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      Also looks like he moved his announcement to tomorrow? If so, that seems kind of shady to me, but I wish the kid the best of luck in healing.

  8. Nerds
    12:55 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    I said he left the game the other night around three minutes in and never returned. Why didn’t Evan Daniels report that?

  9. DrHorsecock
    1:31 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Just to clarify from a medical standpoint. A “partially” torn or “sprained” ACL is like being sort of pregnant. It’s either torn or it isn’t. The ACL lacks blood supply and is not able to heal. Surgical intervention is needed to replace the damaged ligament with either a graft taken from his patellar tendon, hamstring tendon, or a graft harvested from a cadaver. Obviously, the cadaver is the least disruptive. Either way, recovery is 6-12 months see Alex Poythress.

    • Karen Sypher
      1:38 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

      I was sort of pregnant once.

  10. Voice of Experience
    2:20 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    Feel very bad for the kid and wish him a full recovery. Having said that the fact he has injured both knees is not a good sign. Having torn the ACL in my right knee it hasn’t never been the same. Suffering from tears in both seems quite the handicap. Good thing he’s going to Duke. At least he’ll get a good education

  11. Ima Jesayin
    2:32 pm November 5, 2015 Permalink

    How can one be #1 if one has torn his left ACL and MCL 2 years ago and now has partial tear in right knee?