Leading up to the NBA Draft we will be analyzing scouting reports for various players who have entered their name in this year’s NBA Draft. The focus of these articles will be on prospects who we find most intriguing and feel readers need to become more familiar with. Please let us know if you want any players specifically @edupridepress. All stats and videos are via KenPom, ESPN, DraftExpress, and YouTube.
Harry Giles – Duke
Weight: 232 lbs
Age: 19 years and one month
Projected: 18 (DraftExpress) 23 (CPP Big Board) 16 (CPP Mock Draft)
Background: Harry Giles is one of the biggest question marks in this year’s draft. Coming out of high school, Giles was the consensus number one overall player and considered by numerous experts to be the number one player in the 2017 NBA Draft. Since 2013, Giles had undergone three knee surgeries including one before this season, which held him out of the lineup for an extended period. Because of the procedure, Giles did not have the year many thought he would. He looked rather uncomfortable on the floor and instead of playing hard, he was too focused on not getting injured which caused him to play very conservative. When healthy, Giles is a freak of nature. He has potential to be dominant on the low block in the NBA, but in order to get there, he’s going to have to remain healthy. Harry Giles has the tools to be a mid-first round pick. If he can overcome the mental side of his past injuries, he will make an NBA team very happy.
Strengths: For anyone who has been around basketball a long time, it’s evident the game is changing. There are more big men who can run the floor and jump out of the gym. Giles’ athletic ability lets him do so many things that make him such an intriguing prospect. On the offensive end, Giles excels at finishing around the basket. His long, lengthy frame in addition with his outstanding leaping ability and strength gives him a huge advantage at the rim. Giles is also an excellent rebounder with a high motor. Although the knee held him back this year, Giles still showed flashes of being a monster on the glass and competing hard on both ends even with the setback. On defense, Giles’ frame lets him guard taller defenders and his speed allows him to contain smaller defenders. His versatility on the defensive end makes NBA teams drool and it’ll make it hard for coaches to take him off the floor if he’s doing so well defensively.
Weaknesses: There are no real voids in Giles’ game. Besides needing to add more strength to stay consistent down low against bigger opponents, the only thing making teams hesitant taking a chance on Giles is the knee injuries. The last thing teams want to do is use their pick on a player who is unable to stay healthy and when they are healthy, play scared because they don’t want to get hurt again.
Comparison: Amar’e Stoudemire
Stoudemire is known for making a living in the paint during his time in the NBA. He showed at times he can step out and shoot the midrange jumper but, when he was at his best, he was finishing around the rim for easy dunks and layups. Giles’ ceiling is definitely that of Amare’s. Stoudemire is a little more crafty than Giles, but Giles has the edge athletically which could give him a whole different side to his game that Amar’e did not possess.
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