Harry Giles is a professional basketball player who plays for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Sacramento Kings. The Kings selected him in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. On the court, Harry takes the playing position of power forward or center. Giles is still quite young but is already making a name for himself in the most prestigious basketball league. We will take a closer look at who Harry Giles is, along with other facts.
Who Is Harry Giles, the NBA star?
Harry Giles was born on April 22, 1998, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born to his parents, Harry Giles Jr. and Melissa Addison Giles. He can be described as someone who came after his father because he plays basketball, just like his father did when he was at Winston-Salem State University.
When it was time for high school, Giles attended Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina, where he spent three years. While there, he played on the school’s basketball team. In his first year of study, he averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. In that first year, Wesleyan Christian won the 2013 NCISSA 3A State Championship, but the next year was unsuccessful in the court as Giles had to sit out the entire year due to a left knee injury.
When he returned to the field in his junior year, Wesleyan was ranked number 2 in the country by USA Today. In his second game after his one-year absence, Giles scored a career-high of 38 points and simultaneously rebounded 19 times.
He also helped Wesleyan orchestrate a run that ended with the Trojans winning the championship. In this run, Giles contributed points and rebounds to Wesleyan Christian’s victories over schools such as the Word of God Christian Academy, Orangeville Prep, and others.
Wesleyan Christian, however, lost the NCISAA 3A State Championship to Greensboro Day School but had an impressive win-loss rate of 30 to 5. Giles as a single player averaged 23.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game this season.
As he was about to enter his senior year, Giles decided to change schools and ended up at Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Another knee injury interrupted his time at Oak Hill, and he had to transfer to the Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he took online courses to help him complete his senior year.
Giles had a variety of options when selecting for college, so he chose Duke University and made his debut on December 19, 2016, when he beat the State of Tennessee. His first college career as a double-header began with a win against Georgia Tech, where he scored 10 points and 12 rebounds. By the end of his first year of college, in which he played a total of 26 games, Giles averaged 3.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game. This year he only started 6 games. He decided to give up his last three years of college and participated in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Harry Giles was selected as the 20th Overall Pick by the Portland Trail Blazers, but later his rights were sold to the Sacramento Kings. He signed his rookie deal on July 8, 2017, and later it was announced that he was marginalized until the turn of the year due to injury.
As 2018 dawned, Giles was prevented from becoming active but was asked to focus on training and injury prevention. Giles participated in the 2018 NBA Summer League with the Sacramento Kings, and on his debut, he scored 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals in a game against the Phoenix Suns.
Aside from playing for his former school teams and professional outfit, Giles has been able to perform and represent his country, even if only at the age level. He played for Team USA at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece. With an average of 26.4 points, he finished third on points, second on an offensive rebound with 17.1 points, and first on a defensive rebound with 28.7 points. Giles was also appointed to the All-Tournament Team.
Height, Weight, Other Facts
- Harry Giles stands at a height of 6 feet 10 inches and weighs 240 pounds.
- His full name is Harry Lee Giles III
- Giles’ father played not only basketball for Winston-Salem State University but also football.
- Giles has won the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit 2016 awards.