To no real surprise, Harry Giles has committed to the Duke Blue Devils.
Giles, a 6-10 power forward out of Oak Hill Academy, made his announcement live on ESPN's SportsCenter on Friday at noon. ESPN's No. 1 prospect in 2016 picked Duke over the Kentucky Wildcats, Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Kansas Jayhawks, though the Blue Devils and Coach K were viewed as the favorites for most of his recruitment.
That didn't stop Kentucky and head coach John Calipari from making a strong push in recent months to try and get Giles out of North Carolina, where he's originally from. Giles was never expected to leave the state for what would likely be his only season of college basketball, and that turned out to be true.
This comes just days after it was revealed that Giles suffered a torn ACL this week in his high school's season opener. It's the second time Giles has torn his ACL, though this was the knee opposite of his first tear. It's sad to see one of the best players in high school hoops and a potential future NBA star having to miss his final season, but he's thankfully got his college and NBA career ahead of him.
The Cats are still in great shape in the 2016 class with commitments from five-star forward Wenyen Gabriel and five-star forward Sacha Killeya-Jones already secured. UK is also firmly in the mix for five-star forward Jarrett Allen, who's visiting UK this weekend with the Cats reportedly being the favorites to land his services.