Duke freshman Harry Giles declares for NBA Draft

By Kirstie Chiappelli 29 March 2017
Duke freshman Harry Giles declares for NBA Draft

Harry Giles will follow teammate Jayson Tatum to the pros.

The Duke freshman has declared for the NBA Draft after a season that saw him score in double figures just twice in 26 games.

"With his uplifting personality and love for the game, Harry Giles has been a joy to coach," coach Mike Krzyzewski said in the school's tweet. "He is only beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be on the basketball court. Harry has an exciting NBA future ahead of him and we are here to fully support him as a member of our brotherhood."

Giles was ranked No. 1 among the freshman class, but has been hindered by three knee surgeries after suffering multiple injuries, including torn ACLs in both knees. The 6-10 forward will be Duke's ninth one-and-done player since 2011 and the school's 11th freshman to enter the NBA.

“Playing in the NBA has been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited to take the next step in that journey,” Giles said in a statement. “My time at Duke has been a dream come true. I’ve built so many strong relationships here and I have so many people to thank, from my teammates and coaches to our medical staff and strength coach. I can’t understate how proud I am to be part of the Duke basketball program forever.”

Giles, who turns 19 next month, averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils this season. He is projected to be a first-round pick.

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