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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: UK Among List for 2016 Recruit

The Kentucky Wildcats basketball program remains in the hunt for Harry Giles.  Giles is a highly touted recruit from the Class of 2016.

Giles is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he attends Wesleyan Christian Academy.  He is a 6’9″ power forward and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit.  He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 power forward and as the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2016. has him ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the class.

Giles encountered a serious knee injury last June while playing for the USA Under-16 team.  He suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus.  This caused him to miss his sophomore season of high school basketball and endure an 11 month recovery.  However, he has persevered and been able to come back from the injury.  He made his anticipated return back in May and appears to be getting back to his true form.  Before the injury, some media outlets had him ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2016.  Luckily for him, the injury hasn’t caused his stock to drop significantly.  He is certainly still a top player in the class.

This past Saturday, Giles played in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn, New York.  He recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds, and shot 50% from the field.  Giles told that his recovery has been going well.  “I’ve just been going hard rehabbing and getting better every day,” he said.

Furthermore, Giles listed the colleges that are currently recruiting him the hardest.  Those colleges are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Texas, and UNLV.  He also has scholarship offers from Florida State, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest, among others.  Although he doesn’t have any visits planned at the moment, he has said that he will likely take some before and/or during next season.

He has also touched on the possibility of teaming up in college with one or two other players from the Class of 2016.  “Jayson Tatum and I talk about that all the time,” Giles told  “I talk to Dennis Smith, too.  We all talk about it all the time, but nothing is set in stone.”

Of course any package deal would be a massive get for any program.  I expect Kentucky to continue to recruit Giles hard.  I’m sure Calipari wouldn’t mind if Giles brought someone to team up with him either.

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