Injuries prevented Harry Giles from reaching his potential in an underwhelming freshman season at Duke. Do experts think that will impact his NBA Draft position?
Harry Giles arrived at Duke ranked as one of the top recruits in his class. However, injuries limited the 6-10 forward to only 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 26 games. Giles missed the majority of his senior year of high school and freshman year at Duke due to a second ACL tear in 2015.
Despite multiple surgeries on both knees, NBA Draft experts and scouts are still high on Giles and believe he can return to his former self when completely healthy. Harry Giles was one of the most dominant high school players in the country, ranked as the No. 1 prep prospect at one point.
While the 6-10 forward could have greatly improved his NBA Draft stock to be one of the top picks with a fully healthy sophomore season at Duke, he also ran the risk of re-injuring himself again. Most mock drafts have the Duke forward slated just outside of the lottery in as a mid to late first round pick:
16th: Chicago Bulls (Chris Johnson- SI)
19th: Atlanta Hawks (USA Today)
22nd: Brooklyn Nets (NBADraft.net)
23rd: Toronto Raptors (DraftExpress)
Giles will be one of the big question marks in the NBA Draft this year and his projections will most likely continue to change until the draft Thursday night. Teams will be willing to take a chance on Harry Giles’ ceiling, and he has the potential to be a solid rebounder and post scorer providing key minutes for a team.