NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Watch: Harry Giles

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Once one of the highly touted prospects outside the NBA, injury and inconsistency have forced Harry Giles’ NBA draft stock to fall. What can he bring to the pro game?

Who Is Harry Giles?

Just over 12 months on from being ranked as the top college prospect from the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN, and as the RSCI’s second best player from that class, Harry Giles prepares to enter the NBA Draft with his future looking much more uncertain.

Giles declared for the NBA Draft following Duke’s elimination from the tournament, but what once seemed like a guarantee became a decision that many around college basketball started to question.

Not only has Giles suffered further difficulties with his knees — injuries have plagued him for a number of years, even forcing him to miss his senior season in high school — but he has struggled when healthy enough to take to the court too.

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In 26 games played this year, Giles averaged just under four points and four rebounds in 11.5 minutes of action per game. As a result, where the questions surrounding Giles feel very tangible, projecting his strength remains wholly more speculative.

Yet to turn 19, Giles possesses phenomenal size and athletic potential if his body can hold up, but the debate over whether time is on his side or already winding down is one that’s going to require strong instincts and a willingness to gamble for NBA front offices.

Let’s dive a little deeper into Giles’ game to identify his strengths, weaknesses, and more.

Next: Strengths