Duke forward Harry Giles headed to NBA after freshman season
Posted March 28
Updated March 29
Durham, N.C. — Duke University freshman Harry Giles, who averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils in 2016-17, will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, the school announced Tuesday.
Giles is the 11th Duke player to leave after just one season in Durham. His teammate, forward Jayson Tatum, announced last week that he will depart after only one campaign under Mike Krzyzewski.
“With his uplifting personality and love for the game, Harry Giles has been a joy to coach,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He is only beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be on the basketball court. Harry has an exciting NBA future ahead of him and we are here to fully support him as a member of our brotherhood.”
The Winston-Salem, N.C., native had one double-double on the year – a 10-point, 12-rebound effort against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 – and scored a season-high 12 points against Boston College on Jan. 7.
“Playing in the NBA has been my goal for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited to take the next step in that journey,” Giles said.
“My time at Duke has been a dream come true. I’ve built so many strong relationships here and I have so many people to thank, from my teammates and coaches to our medical staff and strength coach. I can’t understate how proud I am to be part of the Duke basketball program forever.”