It’s official, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) forward Harry Giles III will suit up to play at the Dean E. Smith Center at the University of North Carolina.
On Tuesday, WCA coach Keith Gatlin finalized a Jan. 10 (11 a.m.) game between Giles and the Trojans and the Tar Heels JV men’s basketball team.
Giles, a junior, is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 60 with offers from North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina State and Syracuse, among many others. The Trojans also have another high major prospect in junior high-flying guard Kwe Parker.
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North Carolina hosting Giles’ team for a game is permitted by NCAA rules. Last season North Carolina’s JV squad faced-off against Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) and elite wing Brandon Ingram, a senior who is ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 100.
“It’s great for our school and for our guys just to have the opportunity to play on such a historic floor,” said Gatlin, who starred as a point guard at Maryland from 1984-88. “We’re honored to have the opportunity.”
Gatlin said that his team will stick around after its game to watch North Carolina play Louisville at 2 p.m. Former Trojans star Theo Pinson, a 2014 McDonald’s All-American, is a freshman at North Carolina this season.
“It’ll be great for the team to be able to see our guy Theo play in a big game so we’re excited about it,” Gatlin said. “Of course North Carolina wants to get Harry on campus because they’re recruiting him; I get that. But we’re just going to enjoy the opportunity. Should be fun.”
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