Harry Giles (basketball)

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Harry Giles
No. 20 – Sacramento Kings
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1998-04-22) April 22, 1998 (age 21)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeDuke (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentSacramento Kings
2018–2019Stockton Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Harry Lee Giles III (born April 22, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.

High school career[edit]

Giles attended the Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina from his Freshman to Junior year; as a freshman, Giles averaged 12.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game after leading Wesleyan Christian to a 2013 NCISAA 3A State Championship alongside current Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Theo Pinson. Giles missed his entire sophomore year due to a left knee injury.[1] during the 2014 summer, Giles participated in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn, New York, where he finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds and earned Co-MVP honors alongside Chase Jeter.[2]

In his junior year, Giles and Wesleyan was ranked the No.2 team in the Nation by USA Today. On November 14, 2014 In his second game back since his injury, Harry scored a career high 38 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in a (82-58) win over Northside Christian Academy. Giles and the Trojans then played in the 2014-15 High School OT Holiday Invitational Tournament at Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. On December 29, Giles and Wesleyan defeated Word of God Christian Academy (98-85) behind Giles 31 points and 17 rebounds to advance to the championship game.[3] On December 30, 2014, Giles went head to head against an Orangeville Prep team that featured former #1 player in 2016 Thon Maker; the Wesleyan trojans would defeat Orangeville Prep (78-75) with Giles scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds while Maker scored 24 points and 11 between the two.[4] On January 15, 2015, Giles scored 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 Assist to help the Trojans defeat Malik Monk and Bentonville High School (63-55) on the first day of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions Tournament. On the season, Giles averaged 23.9 points per game,12.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assist per game, and 3.0 blocks per game while leading the Wesleyan Trojans to a (30-5) record and a NCISAA 3A state championship game appearance, losing to in state rival Greensboro Day School. At the end of his junior season, Giles earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today.[5] During the summer of 2015, Giles would join his AAU Team, CP3 All Stars, sponsored by fellow Winston-Salem native and NBA superstar Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.[6] Harry led the CP3 All Stars to the 2015 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Peach Jam semifinals against the St. Louis Eagles featuring future Duke teammate Jayson Tatum. Team CP3 would lose by a game winning buzzer beater. Giles averaged 18.2 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game in 16 games on the EYBL circuit, earning first-team All-EYBL honors.[7] In August 2015, Slam Magazine would name Giles to it's Summer All-American Team.[8]

Before his senior season, Giles decided to attend and play for the high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Giles dominated the majority of his high school career; however, his senior year ended with a torn ACL in his right knee;[9] the injury occurred during his first scrimmage game with Oak Hill .[10] Weeks later, Giles enrolled to (now defunct) Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina to take online courses to finish his senior year of high school while rehabbing from his knee injury.[11] On November 6, 2015, Giles made his verbal commitment to attend Duke University and play for the Duke Blue Devils live on ESPN joining Fellow five-star 2016 recruits Tatum and Frank Jackson,[12][13] he was selected to play in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit but was unable due to injury.[14][15]

Giles was rated as a five-star recruit and considered the best player in the 2016 class. Giles ranked as the No.1 overall recruit and No.1 power forward in the 2016 high school class by ESPN, while Scout.com and Rivals ranked him No. 2 in the Class of 2016 only behind Josh Jackson.[16][17]

College career[edit]

Before the start of the 2016-17 season, Giles was selected to both Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award preseason watchlist. On October 3, 2016 it was announced Giles would likely miss up to six weeks to have surgery on his knee.[18] On December 19, 2016, Giles made his college debut in a win against Tennessee State. On December 31, 2016 in his ACC debut, Giles scored 4 points and 8 rebounds in a (75-89) loss against Virginia Tech. On January 4, 2017, He recorded his first Double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Georgia Tech. On March 10, 2017 in the ACC Tournament semi-finals against rival North Carolina, Giles had four blocks,7 rebounds, and 6 points in a (95-83) win. [19]

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Giles announced that he would forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility at Duke and enter the 2017 NBA draft.[20]

Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings (2017–present)[edit]

Draft year injury (2017–18)[edit]

On June 22, 2017, Giles was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, his rights were later traded to the Sacramento Kings on Draft night. Giles would sit out the entire 2017 NBA Summer League. On July 8, 2017, Giles signed his rookie scale contract with the Kings. On October 6, 2017, it was announced Giles would be out of action and will make his NBA debut in January 2018. On January 18, 2018, it was announced that Giles would "not be introduced to NBA gameplay during the 2017–18 season but focus on more vigorous practice activity and individual workouts tailored to continue developing overall strength and aid ACL injury prevention."[21]

Rookie Season (2018–2019)[edit]

On May 14, 2018, The Sacramento Bee announced that Giles would participate in the California Classic Summer League on July 2,3, and 5 in Sacramento.[22] Giles would join the Kings for the 2018 NBA Summer League. On July 7, 2018 in his Vegas Summer League debut, Giles scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals in a loss against the Phoenix Suns. Before the start of the 2018-19 season, there were high expectations set for Giles and the Kings, which also mentioned Giles as a possible candidate for rookie of the year. In his NBA debut on October 17, 2018, Giles scored 2 points in a 123-117 season opening loss against the Utah Jazz. On November 10, 2018, Giles was assigned to the Stockton Kings, the G-League affiliate of the Kings, where he scored 30 points in his debut for team. On November 11, 2018, Giles was recalled by the Kings. On November 12, 2018, Giles scored 12 points and 6 rebounds in a 104-99 win against the San Antonio Spurs.[23] On January 31, Giles scored a career-high 20 points and 7 rebounds in a 135-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.[24] On March 4, Giles tallied 17 points and 7 rebounds in a 115-108 win over the New York Knicks.[25] On March 17, Giles scored 16 points and 6 rebounds in a 129-102 victory over Chicago Bulls.[26] On April 3, the Kings shut down Giles for the remainder of the season.[27]

National team career[edit]

Giles competed for Team USA at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Greece. During the tournament, he finished third in points per game per 40 minutes, with an average of 26.4, second in offensive rebounding percentage, at 17.1%, and first in defensive rebounding percentage, at 28.7%. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2018–19 Sacramento 58 0 14.1 .503 .000 .637 3.8 1.5 0.5 0.4 7.0


2016–17 Duke 26 6 11.5 .577 .000 .500 3.9 .4 .4 .7 3.9

Personal life[edit]

Giles is the son of Harry and Melissa Giles, he has one brother and three sisters. Giles's father Harry Giles II played both college basketball and football at Winston-Salem State University.[29] Giles has been friends with Jayson Tatum since their High School years, often competing against each other on the AAU Circuit.[30]


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  2. ^ "Chase Jeter, Harry Giles win MVP Honors at Elite 24". www.247sports.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith III, Junious (December 30, 2014). "Wesleyan hands word of God its first loss move on to Championship". Www.highschoolot.com. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Strelow, Brett (December 30, 2014). "Harry Giles and Wesleyan defeat thon Maker and Orangeville Prep". Www.fayobserver.com. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "WCA's Harry Giles Earns First-team All-USA Hoops Honors". www.usatoday.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Harry Giles, top NC high school basketball player, will transfer to Oak Hill Academy". CharlotteObserver.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles highlight Nike EYBL Peach Jam First Team". Www.usatoday.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "2015 Summer All-American Team". www.slamonline.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Harry Giles Says Rehab Is Going Well".
  10. ^ "Duke Commit Harry Giles out for Oak Hill Academy, but warriors still shine at hoophall classic". www.masslive.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "Top Recruit Harry Giles really wishes he was competing at Dick's Nationals with Oak Hill Academy". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
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  13. ^ "Harry Giles is the next NBA-ready cog in Duke's one and done factory". www.sbnation.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Jordan, Jason (April 14, 2016). "Harry Giles excited to be a part of a postseason all star game Jordan Brand Classic". Www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
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  22. ^ "Dates set for 3 days of summer-league games in Sacramento. Here's what to expect". Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs". www.espn.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Giles, Bagley lead Kings in 135-113 blowout of Hawks". www.espn.com. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  25. ^ "Barnes has best game with Kings in 115-108 win over Knicks". www.espn.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "Bagley just misses double-double as Kings top Bulls 129-102". www.espn.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  27. ^ "Kings shut down rookie Harry Giles for remainder of NBA Season". www.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  28. ^ Winn, Luke (July 6, 2015). "Jalen Brunson, Harry Giles star as USA wins FIBA U19 World Championship". SportsIllustrated.com. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  29. ^ "Harry Giles Bio". www.goduke.com. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  30. ^ "Jayson Tatum shows love to best friend Harry Giles". www.nba.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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