Harry Giles

Height: 6-11

Weight: 222

College: Duke

Classification: Freshman

Birthdate: 4/22/1998

2017 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 20

Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late 1st Round

2017 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 20 by the Portland Trail Blazers (Rights traded to the Sacramento Kings)

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket

Excels at scoring on the move

Adequate mid-range shooter

Adequate low post scorer

Terrific rebounder

Decent defensive player

Adequate shot blocker

Great athlete

Rock solid motor

May have significant upside

Cons:

Needs to improve his free throw shooting

Does not draw enough free throws

May need to improve his playmaking skills

Can be quite foul prone

Durability issues, has had multiple knee injuries

May need to get stronger

Has not seen much playing time in college basketball

Summary:

Harry Giles ​appeared to be the early favorite to be the top pick by some of the major prognosticators long before the start of the 2016-17 season, but a couple of knee injuries could have NBA decision makers concerned about his longevity.​

Giles made his season debut in mid-December, and so far the results look to be mixed at best.  He has rarely seen much playing time on a consistent basis, but Giles has shown that he can rebound the basketball.  However, he’s struggled to score efficiently, and has been prone to defensive breakdowns in games.

​Right now, Giles is working his way back into the lineup, but it’s looking clear he may not be as polished of a player as anticipated.  But NBA teams and scouts like his talent and upside, as he may still rate high on their draft boards.​