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Harry Giles leaving North Carolina for final high school basketball season

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The Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils are among the contenders for Harry Giles.

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Harry Giles III will be leaving the state of North Carolina for his final season of high school basketball.

Giles, 24/7 Sports' No 3-overall prospect and the top-ranked player in the ESPN 100, has decided to transfer from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) to Oak Hill for his senior season. He tweeted the news out today and followed it up with an interview with USA Today:

"At this point I just really want to lock in on school and basketball at the highest level," Giles told USA TODAY. "I feel like going to Oak Hill it’ll give me the chance to do both. I won’t have anything to do but be a better student and a better player."

That could be key to Kentucky getting him out of there for his one season of college basketball. It's been believed to this point that Giles was not going to leave North Carolina for college with Duke or North Carolina being his most likely destinations.

This news also comes one day after Kentucky head coach John Calipari said the recruiting class he's working on for 2016-17 could be the best he has ever assembled. That likely won't happen without Giles, who most regard as one of the two or three best players in that massive class.

"This year's recruiting class, where we're in the middle of right now, could be one of our best ever," Calipari said, via the ESPNU College Basketball podcast. "The kids that I'm seeing, that we're involved with, that I feel really good about. This could be our best class ever. And that's a pretty scary statement coming from who we've been able to recruit over the last 25 years."

To this point, UK only has a commitment from four-star power forward Tai Wynyard in the 2016 class, and he's expected to join the team in January. Calipari has been working hard on the recruiting trail this summer, so perhaps we'll see more developments in potential future Wildcats begin to emerge.