Eleven months ago, 2016 power forward Harry Giles tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus while playing for Team USA. After a long, hard road to recovery, Giles played his first game since the injury on Saturday, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 15 minutes in a Nike EYBL event in Virginia. He was a bit rustier in his second game, going 0-7 from the field for only one point. But hey, baby steps.
Many consider Giles–6’10”, 210 lbs.–to be the best player in the 2016 class, and he’s one of only five 2016 players with an offer from the Cats. Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas are also in play for the High Point, North Carolina native, and his Crystal Ball currently sits at 50% UNC, 44% Duke, and 6% UK. However, Cal stopped by to see him on his birthday back in April, and Giles is friends with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, whom he considers his “big homie.” He also came to Big Blue Madness last year.
ESPN Insiders Adam Finkelstein and John Stovall were at the EYBL event, and had this to say about Giles’ return:
Most anticipated debut
Harry Giles: The sophomore big man made his long-awaited return from knee injury, playing two games on Saturday before sitting out Sunday as a precaution. While he was understandably rusty, he was an immediate factor on the glass and very active on the defensive end. He showed flashes of his versatile skill set. His first basket came on a quick jump hook over his left shoulder, and he also showed a soft touch out to 18 feet.
Keep an eye on lil’ homie this summer.