Giles is on an upswing:
It’s been a long recovery for 6′-9″ incoming junior Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC). About a year ago, Giles was selected for USA Basketball’s U16 team and traveled to the FIBA Americas U16 tournament, participating in two games. Unfortunately, he suffered a horrific knee injury and required months of a rehabilitation process.
Giles gradually came back to the grassroots circuit after his recovery, and his performances in several events drew some mixed reviews by observers. At the time of his injury, Giles was regarded by some observers (includingHoopniks.com) as a contender for the title of the top high school prospect, regardless of class.
He’s not quite back to that status, nor does his current level of play dictate he should currently be ranked No. 1 in his class, but it’s fair to say Giles is on the upswing in re-acclimating to the hardwood. In stretches of scrimmage play, Giles demonstrated his versatility in scoring and utilizing his height to be a mismatch that were his pre-injury calling cards.
Still, there were times when it appeared that Giles’ mind and body weren’t on the same page, but he showed many flashes of why he’s considered by many to be a special prospect. The recovery period doesn’t look quite complete for Giles, but given his progress and age (he’s the second youngest player in camp) it’s reasonable to assume he’ll revisit his lofty status, albeit on his own time table.
Derryck Thornton, 6′-2″, 160, Findlay Prep (NV) – As mentioned in Thursday’s camp report, Malik Newman was nearly unguardable, event against the substantial competition present at training camp. On Friday, Thornton did an admirable job in containing Newman, which was impressive. Thornton also showed a high IQ floor game, solid defensive instincts, and a fairly deadly outside shot. The lithe general on the floor has good handles and vision, and delivered the ball where it needed to go. Simply put, Thornton put together a strong offensive-defensive performance on Friday.