A specific portion of Harry Giles’ medical history should be somewhat of a concern to Duke fans, with Monday’s development adding to it. The incoming freshman underwent surgery on his left knee, according to a statement released by the school on Monday, and will be out for approximately six weeks.
Viewed independently, this doesn’t pose as much of an issue.
The superstar recruit is expected to return during the Blue Devils’ non-conference slate as the school opens their season on November 11 against Marist. However, this marks the forward’s third knee surgery in four years. The highly touted post recruit tore the ACL in both of his knees as a high school talent, missing his sophomore season after tearing the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee in 2013 and missing his senior campaign after tearing his right ACL two years later.
While Duke still saw fit to sign the 6-11 prospect earlier this year, this latest procedure – although just an arthroscopic operation – continues a trend.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of today’s procedure,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100 percent 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.”
Two other Duke freshmen forwards, and five-star recruits, Marques Bolden and Jayson Tatum, will begin their careers soon as well, giving the Blue Devils options.
Giles still profiles as the player in this class with the highest ceiling. Given the nation’s highest rating among power forwards in this most recent recruiting class and the No. 2 ranking overall, the 18-year-old talent remains a NBA lottery prospect. The Blue Devils have two of 247Sports’ top five players from 2016, with Bolden coming in at No. 4.