The Harry Giles III Blog: Coping with ACL tear, joining Duke, McDonald's AA dreams and more

The Harry Giles III Blog: Coping with ACL tear, joining Duke, McDonald's AA dreams and more

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The Harry Giles III Blog: Coping with ACL tear, joining Duke, McDonald's AA dreams and more


Harry Giles III is ranked No. 1 overall in the ESPN 100 and is signed to Duke. He opened his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), but, after tearing his ACL in the season-opener, he enrolled at Forest Trail Academy (Kernersville, N.C.) to finish out his senior year back home. Giles has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.


Hey, what’s up everybody, it’s your boy HG and it’s been a really long minute since my last blog! Haha!

Sorry I’ve been off-the-scene, but, as I’m sure you’ve heard I had a lot going on in the last couple months.

Let’s start with the injury.

It’s the first game of the season and I’m pumped up because it’s my first year with my dream school Oak Hill! So I start the game and get a couple blocks and I’m feeling good.

Then they come down again and I block it again, but this time I got the ball after the block and took off. I was dribbling down and saw Matt (Coleman) and Mario (Kegler) in the corner, but, at the same time, the lane is wide open. I knew coach would want me to take it in.

I went in and planted and bumped into the guy then, when I tried to go into the lane, two guys ran into me and hit my knee and it went in.

I won’t say that I knew what happened immediately, but I knew something was wrong. I just kept thinking, “I know this ain’t gonna happen! I know it’s not! Ain’t no way!”

I started feeling OK for a sec when I went to the sideline and coach asked me if I was OK. I said I was and he told me to check in, but when I got up my knee wasn’t feeling right. It went in again and I heard it pop a little. Then one of my teammates said, “Man you’re knee just popped out of place.” I was just thinking, “This can’t be good.”

It just seemed unreal; even now it still hits me from time-to-time and I can’t believe it. I think I’m dreaming sometimes.

But it’s my reality and I have to deal with it.

It took me a while to get to a point where I could be positive about it, I won’t lie.

Before surgery I was still down, but after surgery I definitely looked at it different. I knew feeling bad for myself wasn’t going to change anything so I had to suck it up and get through it.

I’ve got my family around now because I came back home and I’m taking online classes back here. It’s big for me to have them here with me because everyone is positive and they keep me encouraged.

I had a lot of people reach out to me when it happened like Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, CP3, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and a lot more. But not just famous basketball players like those guys, I had a lot of people I didn’t even know that were praying for me and leaving me messages and things like that.

I really appreciate everyone that did that; just want you to know that it meant a lot to me.

I think one of the biggest things that hurt was that I really wanted to be a McDonald’s All American. That’s always been a dream of mine and I worked so hard to accomplish that goal. Obviously, you wish they could do something, but who knows… It’s just frustrating. It’s just an incredible event to be a part of.

I just have to use it all as motivation.

As far as my rehab, things are going good. I’ just got rid of my crutches so everything is looking good.

Now that I’m back I just kick back with family and friends and stay off the scene.

Some people don’t even know that I’m home, but I’m just laying low and keeping my head in the books and going to rehab.

Of course y’all know that I signed with Duke and I’m really excited about being a part of the family. I have so much confidence in Coach K and Capel and the whole staff. They have always had my best interest in mind. They were the staff that always would send me tips and things on how I could be even better even before I committed. It’s the perfect school for me.

We’re gonna be special too!

Our class is crazy with myself, my boy Jay (Tatum), Frank (Jackson) and Javin (DeLaurier); obviously we want to add Marquis (Bolden) too, but we’ll see what happens. Some schools have players coming in and that’s the best players they’ll have, but we have a big time class and we’ll have another 10 players that can play too.

I can’t wait because I love competition and I already know that the practices are gonna be intense. We’re gonna definitely get better every day.

We’re gonna compete and we’ll be brothers and we’ll root for each other too. I can’t wait; it’s gonna be really special!

OK, guys I’m gonna get on out of here right now, but I want to say again that I really appreciate everyone who has reached out on Twitter or on the Gram. Sometimes the road to success can be tough, but you’ve just gotta go through it and know that you’re gonna come out on top.

You guys just stick with me through this and I promise I won’t disappoint you.

I’ll be back soon with my next blog and I want everyone to have a very Merry Christmas!

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