The Duke basketball program hopes Harry Giles will soon commit to becoming a Blue Devil.
Today, Giles announced via a note on his Twitter account that he will be spending his senior year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. – the prestigious school that has become known for producing some of the best basketball players in the game. There were rumors that he’d been considering this decision for the past couple months, but he made the official announcement today.
As the No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2016, the likely future lottery pick has had the attention of the college basketball recruiting world for the better part of the past two years, and many believe Duke has the inside track to landing him.
Fellow 2016 5-star Jayson Tatum, who is close friends with Giles, is also working to get him to join him in Durham as a Blue Devil.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Giles had been a student at Wesleyan Christian in High Point, N.C.
In an article by Jason Jordan with USA Today High School Sports, Giles said the decision to transfer is based on athletic and academic factors:
“At this point I just really want to lock in on school and basketball at the highest level. I feel like going to Oak Hill it’ll give me the chance to do both. I won’t have anything to do but be a better student and a better player.”
Giles has been one of the most dominant high school players in the world this past summer, which was on display with both Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL, as well as through his role with Team USA, where he helped the Americans win gold at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece.
In transferring to Oak Hill for his senior season, Giles will now have the opportunity to spend his final year in high school playing against many of the other top high school basketball programs around the country, as the school always puts together an extremely difficult schedule.
And now, those programs have to deal with figuring out how to slow down Harry. Good luck with that.