This has been a tough day for basketball related injuries. Harry Giles, who is considered the top recruit for the 2016 class injured his knee in a game against Argentina. It happened during the under 16 FIBA World Championships that is currently going on in Paraguay.
According to NBC’s College Basketball Talk, Giles tore both his ACL and MCL and news from a North Carolina reporter is indicating that he also injured his meniscus. As of now, no surgery has been scheduled for Giles.
As a freshman, the 6”9 Giles led his team to a triple A championship. After averaging 13 points, 7 rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game, he gained a lot of spotlight for both his versatility and height at an early age.
From North Carolina, Giles is the first freshman to receive a scholarship offer from UNC’s Roy Williams. That is not the only scholarship offer he holds as Ohio State, North Carolina State and Wake Forest have also already come calling.
For his height, Giles shows great dribbling ability and fantastic court vision as a passer. He has a nice stroke outside of the paint though he is not a knockdown shooter. He uses his speed and handling to get to the rim where he can finish with the best high school players in the nation. Defensively, he has fantastic instincts that allow him to block and alter shots from players looking to attack the big man. His hands are also very active which help him strip the balls from defenders trying to dribble around him. To show what Giles is capable of, here is a mix tape from his freshman season in high school:
Though there is no timetable for his return, it is optimistic that he will make a full recovery. At a young age, his ability to come back from his injury should be higher than someone whose knees have already taken a large amount of impact on the basketball court. Though he may miss his entire sophomore campaign, Giles has already tweeted that he plans to come back from this a better player.
We can only hope because it is always terrible when a serious injury occurs, even more so when it is to a promising young talent.