Harry Giles Scouting Report

Harry Giles is a 6-10 PF/C prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft. After tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus during his senior season of high school, Harry Giles was the

The Duke Blue Devils are coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory, failing to advance past the first round of the NCAA tournament in losing to South Carolina. However, they have a chance to get back on track as they have three top recruits coming to Durham next season, including Harry Giles.

Harry Giles should be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and could be picked within the top ten due to his combination of size and skill. He has great length at 6-10 and is athletic enough to run the floor like a guard. He also has good hands, which will help him be a threat in transition and in the post.

Giles is not just a great athlete, though. He has an excellent jump shot with range out to about 20 feet, which makes him a threat from anywhere on the court. This makes it difficult for defenders because he can either attack them off the dribble or shoot over them if they play off of him too much.

His offensive game needs some work as he lacks explosiveness when driving to the basket and struggles finishing through contact at times. This can be attributed partly due to an ACL tear that he suffered during his senior year of high school.*

Harry Giles, PF/C, Duke

Strengths:

-High Level athlete with a 7’3 wingspan and a 9’0 standing reach

-Good defensive instincts, can be a good rim protector at the next level

-Very fluid for his size and great pick-and-roll defender

-Possesses a strong frame that could allow him to man both positions at the next level.

Weaknesses:

-Lacks lateral quickness and struggles guarding on the perimeter. Could be exposed in NBA switches.

-Doesn’t show advanced post game despite being 6’11 and 240 pounds. Will need work to get it up to par.

-Injury Concerns: He has had 3 major knee injuries in his career (ACL tear in both knees and a meniscus tear) which will affect his stock significantly if teams are worried about his health moving forward.

Harry Giles, PF/C, Duke | Freshman

Height: 6’10” | Weight: 230 | DOB: 4/22/98 (18)

Stats: 11.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg

Strengths

-Best athlete available in this draft. Explosive leaper in space. Impressive strength and speed relative to position.

-Highly versatile defender with physical tools to switch onto multiple positions and the length and instincts to be a factor protecting the rim when locked in.

-Good feel for the game as a passer and decision maker. Can make plays above the rim as a target on rolls and dives.

-Showed flashes of high motor play on both sides of the ball when engaged.

Weaknesses

-Hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the course of his career. Torn ACLs in both knees; missed time as a senior due to knee soreness; missed huge chunks of his freshman season at Duke with a knee injury and other ailments that limited him to just two games before Christmas. Hasn’t been able to get into great shape physically either, which has limited his conditioning and lateral quickness on defense at times. Needs to be able to prove he

Harry Giles (6’11”, 220)

According to Synergy Sports, Giles averaged 1.1 points per possession on post-ups this season at Duke. He scored a basket on 21 of his 37 post-up possessions, which is good for 56.8%. He also caught lobs for 47 points and scored on 20 dump-offs. Giles was fouled 33 times in the post and made 19 free throws for an effective field goal percentage of 56.9% on his post-ups.

On the other hand, he allowed 0.94 points per possession on defense. Opponents shot 48.5% from the field against him and drew shooting fouls at a rate of 13.3%.

Giles averaged 1.1 points per possession on isolation plays at Duke, which is not bad at all but considerably less effective than his work in the post. He made 36 baskets and took 47 shots overall, which gives him an average shot distance of 16 feet—a very long two pointer in today’s NBA terms. The only player who had a higher average shot distance than Giles was Frank Mason III, who is almost certainly not going to play in the NBA next season (if ever).

Giles made just 27% of his jumpers overall this

Strengths

– has great size and length for a power forward

– extremely mobile and fluid for his size

– good athlete who can play above the rim

– has the ability to play inside and outside

– has soft hands and good touch around the basket

– great rebounder on both ends of the floor

– can block shots on defense as well as score on offense

Weaknesses

– has had two ACL injuries in high school which caused him to miss his entire senior season

– doesn’t have an advanced post game on offense

– isn’t an elite shooter from mid range or three point range

Height: 6’11”

Wingspan: 7’3″

Weight: 234 lbs

Standing Reach: 9’2″

Hand Length: 9.5″

Hand Width: 9.75″

Position: Center

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