Harry Giles (basketball)

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Harry Giles
Free agent
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1998-04-22) April 22, 1998 (age 24)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeDuke (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172020Sacramento Kings
2018–2019Stockton Kings
2020–2021Portland Trail Blazers
2021–2022Agua Caliente Clippers
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Harry Lee Giles III (born April 22, 1998) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.

High school career

Freshman and sophomore seasons

Giles attended Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. As a freshman, Giles averaged 12.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game after leading Wesleyan Christian to a 2013 NCISAA 3A State Championship alongside Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Theo Pinson. Giles missed his entire sophomore year due to a left knee injury.[1] During the 2014 summer, Giles participated in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn, New York, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds and earning Co-MVP honors.[2]

Junior season

In his junior year, Giles and Wesleyan were ranked the No.2 team in the Nation by USA Today.[3] On November 14, 2014 In his second game back since his injury, Harry scored a career high 38 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in an 82–58 win over Northside Christian Academy.[4] On December 21, Giles scored 29 points in a 67–62 win over Mater Dei, ending the team's 46-game win streak.[5] Giles and the Trojans then played in the 2014–15 High School OT Holiday Invitational Tournament at Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. On December 29, Giles and Wesleyan defeated Word of God Christian Academy (98–85) behind Giles 31 points and 17 rebounds to advance to the championship game.[6] On December 30, 2014, Giles went head to head against an Orangeville Prep team that featured former #1 player in 2016 Thon Maker. The Wesleyan trojans would defeat Orangeville Prep (78–75) with Giles scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds while Maker scored 24 points and 11 between the two.[7] On January 15, 2015, Giles scored 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assist to help the Trojans defeat Malik Monk and Bentonville High School (63–55).[8] On the season, Giles averaged 23.9 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assist per game, and 3.0 blocks per game while leading the Wesleyan Trojans to a (30–5) record and a NCISAA 3A state championship game appearance, losing to in state rival Greensboro Day School.[9]

At the end of his junior season, Giles earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today.[10] During the summer of 2015, Giles would join his AAU Team, CP3 All Stars, sponsored by fellow Winston-Salem native and NBA superstar Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns.[11] Giles averaged 18.2 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game in 16 games on the EYBL circuit, earning first-team All-EYBL honors.[12][13] In August 2015, Slam Magazine would name Giles to its Summer All-American Team.[14]

Senior season

Before his senior season, Giles decided to attend and play for the high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Giles dominated the majority of his high school career; however, his senior year ended with a torn ACL in his right knee.[15] The injury occurred during his first scrimmage game with Oak Hill.[16] Weeks later, Giles enrolled to (now defunct) Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, North Carolina to take online courses to finish his senior year of high school while rehabbing from his knee injury.[17] On November 6, 2015, Giles made his verbal commitment to attend Duke University and play for the Duke Blue Devils live on ESPN joining Fellow five-star 2016 recruits Tatum and Frank Jackson.[18][19] He was selected to play in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit but was unable due to injury.[20][21]

Giles was rated as a five-star recruit and considered the best high school prospect of the 2016 class.[22][23] Giles ranked as the No.1 overall recruit and No.1 power forward in the 2016 high school class by ESPN, while Scout.com and Rivals ranked him No. 2 in the Class of 2016 only behind Josh Jackson.[24][25][26]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Harry Giles III
Winston-Salem, NC Oak Hill Academy (VA) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Nov 6, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2   Rivals: 2  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2016 Duke Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com.
  • "2016 Duke Blue Devils Recruiting Class". ESPN.com.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Before the start of the 2016–17 season, Giles was selected to both Naismith and John R. Wooden Award preseason watchlists,[27][28] while also finishing third in voting for ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year.[29] On October 3, 2016, it was announced Giles would likely miss up to six weeks to have surgery on his knee.[30] On December 19, 2016, Giles made his college debut in a win against Tennessee State.[31] On January 4, 2017, he recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Georgia Tech.[32][33] On March 10, 2017 in the ACC Tournament semi-finals against rival North Carolina, Giles had 4 blocks, 7 rebounds, and 6 points in a (95–83) win.[34]

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Giles announced that he would forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility at Duke and enter the 2017 NBA draft.[35]

Professional career

Sacramento Kings (2017–2020)

On June 22, 2017, Giles was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Sacramento Kings on draft night. Giles would sit out the entire 2017 NBA Summer League. On July 8, 2017, Giles signed his rookie scale contract with the Kings worth $10.6 million over 4 years.[36][37] On October 6, 2017, it was announced Giles would make his NBA debut in January 2018. On January 18, 2018, it was announced that Giles would sit out the rest of the season.[38]

On May 14, 2018, The Sacramento Bee announced that Giles would participate in the California Classic Summer League on July 2, 3, and 5 in Sacramento.[39] Giles joined the Kings for the 2018 NBA Summer League. In his NBA debut on October 17, 2018, Giles scored 2 points in a 123–117 season-opening loss against the Utah Jazz. On November 10, 2018, Giles was assigned to the Stockton Kings, the G-League affiliate of the Kings, where he scored 30 points in his debut for the team. On November 11, 2018, Giles was recalled by the Kings. On January 31, 2019, Giles recorded a career-high 20 points and 7 rebounds in a 135–113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.[40] On April 3, the Kings shut down Giles for the remainder of the season.[41]

On October 31, 2019, the Kings declined Giles's option for the 2020–21 season worth $4 million. Giles scored a season-high 19 points in Sacramento's 112–108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 27, 2020.

Portland Trail Blazers (2020–2021)

On November 22, 2020, Giles signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.[42] On April 4, 2021, he scored 12 points and 2 rebounds in a 133–85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[43]

Agua Caliente Clippers (2021–2022)

On September 27, 2021, Giles signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[44] However, he was waived on October 16, 2021.[45] On October 27, Giles signed with the Agua Caliente Clippers as an affiliate player.[46] On January 23, 2022, he was waived by Agua Caliente after suffering a season-ending injury.[47]

National team career

Giles competed for Team USA at the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Greece. During the tournament, he finished third in points per 40 minutes, with an average of 26.4, second in offensive rebounding percentage, at 17.1%, and first in defensive rebounding percentage, at 28.7%. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.[48]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular seasson

2018–19 Sacramento 58 0 14.1 .503 .000 .637 3.8 1.5 .5 .4 7.0
2019–20 Sacramento 46 17 14.5 .554 .000 .776 4.1 1.3 .5 .4 6.9
2020–21 Portland 38 0 9.2 .433 .348 .593 3.5 .8 .2 .3 2.8
Career 142 17 12.9 .511 .258 .71 3.8 1.2 .4 .4 5.9


2021 Portland 1 0 4.0 .000 3.0 .0 .0 .0 .0


2016–17 Duke 26 6 11.5 .577 .000 .500 3.9 .4 .4 .7 3.9

Personal life

Giles is the son of Harry and Melissa Giles. He has one brother and three sisters. Giles's father Harry Giles II played both college basketball and football at Winston-Salem State University.[49] Giles is good friends with former Duke teammate and current NBA player Jayson Tatum.[50]


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