6’10” 240 LBS F
26 G | 11.5 MPG | 3.9 PPG | 57.7 FG% | 50.0 FT% | 3.8 RPG
• Giles faced no shortage of adversity in his days as an amateur. Once rated the top prospect in his age group by ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports, and the Recruiting Services Consensus Index, the big man endured separate ACL injuries to both knees while in high school, and was then forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last October, weeks before the start of his first collegiate training camp. He was sidelined for Duke’s first 11 games of the season, before making his debut in mid-December.
Giles sustained his first ACL tear the summer between his freshman and sophomore high school seasons. The second injury occurred during his senior campaign, which was spent at renowned prospect pipeline Oak Hill Academy (the school counts, among many others, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant as alums).
• Giles posted two of his most productive collegiate performances in back-to-back fashion shortly after returning from left arthroscopic knee surgery. In his fourth game of the season, a January 7th start versus Georgia Tech, he racked up 10 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive boards) in only 17 minutes of action (see below for some of his highlights from the outing). Three days later, against Boston College, the Winston-Salem native posted 12 points and hauled in five caroms in a career-high 24 minutes. Giles’ consecutive double-figure showings came amidst a string of five straight starts. He would go on to make one more appearance with Duke’s first-stringers before the year was out.
• All in all, the ability to make judgments about and base projections off of Giles’ freshman season has been complicated, in part, by his general rustiness, and subsequently limited role in Duke’s rotation. Provided full health and enough reps to fully regain his top playing form, perhaps Giles will be able to ultimately fulfill the impactful, low-post, rim-protecting potential he displayed at the high school level. Even still, he remains a projected first-round selection in this June’s draft.
Did You Know?:
Giles was a member of the United States’ entries at the 2013 Under-16 FIBA Americas Championship, 2014 Under-17 World Championship, and 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship competitions. In the latter of the three events, two of his teammates were Josh Jackson and (fellow Blue Devil) Jayson Tatum, a pair of likely top-5 picks in this year’s draft.
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