Once a No. 1 Candidate, Duke’s Harry Giles III Likely Can’t Save His Draft Stock

January 4th, 2017 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Everything about Harry Giles III's situation at Duke suggests a 2017 NBA draft slide is coming.

Having already torn both ACLs before turning 19 years old, it's become clear just how damaging the timing was of October's setback—a third pre-college surgery that forced him to miss the first 11 games of the 2016-17 season.

Predicting a tumble down June's board isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the 23 total minutes he's played, either. Although, if we learned anything from his early action against Tennessee State, Elon and Virginia Tech, it's that he isn't ready for impact basketball.

Giles still has two-plus months to get back his legs and confidence, of course. The question is whether he'll have the opportunity jumping in midseason to a loaded lineup with national title aspirations.

Senior Amile Jefferson has emerged as one of the country's most valuable players, averaging 13.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on 63.2 percent shooting. As Duke's leader, his 31.2 minutes per game appear secure.

Playing freshman Jayson Tatum at the 4 also gives Duke a mismatch and go-to scorer (15.8 po ...

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