Harry Giles, with his mom seated to his right and his Oak Hill Academy coach to his left, grabbed a Duke hat that was hidden under a chair and placed it on his head, revealing his college choice Friday morning on ESPN.
Giles, a 6-foot-10 senior forward from the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, prep school who is ranked No. 2 nationally, chose the Blue Devils over Kansas University, Wake Forest and Kentucky.
“I feel like Duke was the place for me. Every time I go to Duke it feels like home,” said Giles, who joins his buddy, No. 3-ranked Jayson Tatum, in Duke’s recruiting Class of 2016.
Giles will soon undergo season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn ACL in his right knee. He tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee the summer between his freshman and sophomore years of high school. He also broke the third metacarpal in his left hand in September.
Several other elite big men who are considering KU remain uncommitted.
— No. 15-ranked Marques Bolden, a 6-10 forward from DeSoto (Texas) High, has visited KU, Kentucky, Duke and Oklahoma, with Alabama, Baylor, TCU and Wake Forest also on his list. It is likely he will not sign with a school until the spring.
— No. 20-ranked Jarrett Allen, a 6-9 forward from St. Stephens Episcopal in Austin, Texas, is making an official visit to Kentucky this weekend after trips to KU, Notre Dame and Houston. He has also made several unofficial visits to Texas. Other schools on his list: Kansas State, Indiana and North Carolina.
Allen still may choose a school in the early signing period, which starts Wednesday.
— No. 27 Udoka Azubuike, a 6-11 forward from Potter’s House in Jacksonville, Florida, who will wait until spring to sign, has visited KU, Florida State, North Carolina and North Carolina State. He also is considering Kentucky.
The country’s No. 1 player, Josh Jackson, a 6-7 guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, plans to visit KU during the upcoming season and sign with a school late.
No. 5-rated DeAaron Fox, 6-3 from Cypress Lakes High in Katy, Texas, is said to be leaning to Kentucky over KU and others. He wants to sign in the early period.
No. 6 Malik Monk, 6-4 from Bentonville (Arkansas) High, has Arkansas, KU and Kentucky on his list and is expected to sign with a school in the spring.
KU has received a commitment from No. 117-rated Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-8 forward from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian who chose the Jayhawks over Arizona and others.
He will sign his letter during the early period.
New offer: KU has offered a scholarship to Andrew Jones, a 6-4 senior shooting guard from McArthur High in Irving, Texas, Rivals.com reports. Jones, who is ranked No. 38 in the Class of 2016, in August visited Arizona and Louisville and made unofficials to Baylor, SMU and Texas.
He will likely wait until spring to sign.
“I talked to coach (Bill) Self and he kind of explained to me how I would fit and that he didn’t recruit me as they should have and that they should have jumped on me earlier. Once they realized that I was signing late that’s when they really decided to push it,” Jones told Rivals.com.
“(Self) talked about Wayne Selden possibly leaving (for NBA) and that I could have a chance to play. My dad checked out their roster and told me to watch their games and see where I fit.”
Of the decision-making process, he told Rivals.com, “Going on visits I really try and get a good relationship with the players and the coaches. I see where my fit is and where I gel with the environment. I’m just trying to do my research.”