One of the top college freshman, as well as a strong contender, for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, just had another knee surgery performed.
Duke Blue Devils forward Harry Giles just had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the same one he tore his ACL in during the first week of his high school senior season. The early timetable has Giles returning in around eight weeks, which puts his availability in doubt for the start of the 2016 college basketball season.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of today’s procedure,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a press release. “This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100% going forward. Harry has done a tremendous job in rehabilitation over the last year, and I’m sure he’ll continue to do the same after this procedure.”
As a member of the USA Basketball Under 16 team participating in the FIBA Americas in Uruguay in June of 2013, Giles, then 15, tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee. He later underwent surgery that summer and sat out his sophomore season.
Giles then sustained a partial ACL tear last November and missed the remainder of his senior season. That means Giles will have had three knee surgeries before he plays a college hoops game.
This is a tough setback for Giles, but hopefully he’ll rebound and live up to his potential this season. He’s got the talent to be one of the best college players this season and a long-term star in the NBA.