Future Watch: Harry Giles Rookie Basketball Cards, Kings – Harry Giles was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a freshman at Wesleyan Christian Academy, he averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while helping his team win the 2013 NCISAA 3A State Championship. After a left knee injury derailed his sophomore season, Giles stormed back with a performance that earned him Co-MVP honors at the 2014 Under Amour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn.
In his junior season, Giles went on a tear. He led Wesleyan to a 30-5 record and an appearance at the NCISAA 3A Championship game where they would lose to state rival Greensboro Day School. That year, Giles averaged 23.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. Before his senior season, Giles transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia to finish his prep career.
Unfortunately, Giles’ senior season was derailed by another knee injury during his first scrimmage with Oak Hill Academy. Despite missing his entire senior season, Giles was rated as a five-star recruit and the number one overall player in the class by ESPN. Many top schools in the nation recruited Giles, including Wake Forest, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas. He would ultimately decide to attend Duke University for the 2016-17 season.
Giles’ nagging knee injury from 2015 kept him from seeing significant minutes for much of his time with the Blue Devils. He would play in 26 games with six starts, and averaged 11.5 minutes per contest. At the conclusion of his freshman season, Giles elected to forgo his final three years of college eligibility and entered the 2017 NBA draft.
While there wasn’t a ton of college tape for Harry Giles, he had been on the radars of many scouts since he was 14. His measurables were very enticing: 6’11” with a 7’3” wingspan and a 222 pound frame. His ability to run the floor and use his length to his advantage were seen as his strongest attributes, but he would need to get stronger and show that his knee injuries were behind him. On draft night, Portland selected Giles with the 20th overall pick. He was traded later that night to Sacramento.
Giles sat out his entire rookie season with the Kings as he rehabbed his knee injury. He is now just starting to see action in the 2018 summer league. Through three summer league games, he’s been impressive for the Kings. Reports from practices had been positive, but this was the first time for fans to see him in action. On July 3rd, his first game in almost one and a half years, he scored 13 points with three rebounds, a block and a steal. On July 5th, he scored 11 points with 12 boards, one assist and a block.
There is a lot of time between now and the start of the 2018-19 season, but these early results from Harry Giles are positive for Kings fans and collectors. The organization will hopefully ease him back into action, but he could turn some heads as the season starts with a few solid performances. Long term collectability for Giles will ultimately rely on his health. His rookie cards are starting to see some action as he makes noise in the summer league.
Keep an eye on Giles as the summer winds down and training camp begins in the fall. There is a path to him earning 20 minutes a night and making an impact in his sophomore season. You can follow him on Twitter @HGizzle1.
Harry Giles has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Giles in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Harry Giles Rookie Basketball Cards, Kings – College Stats
Future Watch: Harry Giles Rookie Basketball Cards, Kings – Other Resources
- NBA.com Player Profile – Harry Giles
- Harry Giles – Secondary Market Pricing
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
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