Seeing college coaches he cut is awkward for top junior Harry Giles III

Seeing college coaches he cut is awkward for top junior Harry Giles III

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Seeing college coaches he cut is awkward for top junior Harry Giles III

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Harry Giles Jr. , considered among the top players in the Class of 2016 (Photo:  Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports)

Harry Giles Jr. , considered among the top players in the Class of 2016 (Photo: Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports)

 

HAMPTON, Va. – It was hard enough two months ago when CP3 All Stars (N.C.) forward Harry Giles III cut his list of schools to eight: Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, UNC, Wake Forest, Ohio St and UNLV.

Now he’s got to walk past the droves of college coaches that didn’t make said cut all weekend at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League?

One word: Awkward.

“Oh man, it’s so weird!” said Giles, who hails from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) and is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 60. “I see them when I’m walking to different games here and it’s, yeah, it’s just awkward.”

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The good news for Giles is that NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from talking to players. That helps him sidestep what would be a painfully uncomfortable chat.

“That helps,” Giles said with a laugh. “Luckily most of the coaches who didn’t make it that I’ve seen have seemed cool. But, ya know, at the end of the day you can only pick one school… That doesn’t make seeing the coaches any less weird though.”

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