Harry Giles-F-Duke
Size: 6’10 240lbs

Harry Giles

Strengths:

  • Athletic
  • Leaper
  • Great hands
  • Quick feet
  • High character

Analysis: Harry Giles is an extremely talented big man who could have been a sure-fire Top 5 pick in this year’s draft if it weren’t for debilitating injuries to his knees. He looks the part of an NBA big man with his frame. An explosive leaper even with the injuries to his knees and he’s got great hands which allows him to finish around the rim and in traffic. He runs the floor well for a big man and is active on the glass. Shows a lot of physicality in the post and doesn’t shy away from contact on defense. Takes contact in the chest, isn’t easily moved off of his spots and is an above average rim protector. Moves his feet extremely well and has really good lateral quickness for a big man. Scouts have raved about his character and know they have a real player if he can stay healthy.

Weaknesses:

  • Injury history
  • Looked lost in college (mainly due to injuries)
  • Lacks shooting range
  • No jumper
  • Decision-making on offense

Analysis: Multiple knee surgeries for Harry Giles, including two ACL tears (both knees) and an MCL tear (left) before graduating high school is a huge question mark with regards to the outlook of his career. No team wants to draft the next Greg Oden and players with injury histories like that of Giles always raise red flags to scouts and GM’s who are putting their jobs on the line with every draft pick and free agent signing. As far as Giles’ looks on the court, he seemed to get lost at times during his freshman season and was almost afraid to do certain things, whether that was simply due to a fear of another injury, lack of conditioning, Duke’s struggles in developing bigs, or an awareness thing remains to be seen. He isn’t a versatile player on offense and doesn’t really possess the range that you would like to see out of a PF even though that was always was he projected to be during his days in high school. His jumper is one glaring hole in his game as he routinely air balled or barely drew iron once outside of about 12 feet. He doesn’t make great decisions on offense and hasn’t really learned to simply play within himself just yet.

NBA Comparison: Julius Randle

Draft Projection: Top 20

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