One of the leading contenders to be taken No. 1 overall in the 2017 NBA draft has suffered his second major knee injury in the past three years.
Harry Giles, Rivals.com's No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2016, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn ACL in his right knee, Scout.com and ESPN.com reported Thursday. The 6-foot-10 forward suffered the injury just a few minutes into Oak Hill Academy's season opener on Tuesday night.
Giles previously tore the ACL and MCL in his other knee the summer between his freshman and sophomore year. He appeared to have fully recovered from that injury this summer when he led the U.S. in both scoring and rebounding en route to a gold medal at the U-19 World Championships.
This latest injury comes at a time when Giles is done with his college visits and is preparing to announce his choice. Duke has been the favorite to land Giles since this past summer when it nabbed his close friend and fellow elite recruit Jayson Tatum, but Kentucky, Kansas and hometown school Wake Forest are among the other finalists.
While NBA teams might be fearful of risking a high pick on a power forward with a history of recurring knee issues, Giles' second ACL tear certainly will not affect his college recruitment.
Duke, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Kansas would be just as elated to land Giles today as they would have been last week.
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