Harry Giles III didn’t watch a second of the McDonald’s All American Game on March 30.
All his life he’d dreamed of donning the jersey with the golden arches plastered across the front, but after tearing his ACL in the season-opener this year he’d have to watch the game from the friendly confines of his home?
Instead, and as you might expect, Giles, the top ranked player in the ESPN 100, went to the gym.
“I just did some band work and shot around a little,” said Giles, a Duke signee who transferred back home from Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) after the injury and now takes online courses at Forest Trail Academy (Kernersville, N.C.). “I support my guys that were playing in that game, but I just didn’t want to watch it. I wanted to be a part of it. That’s why I’m really thankful for the Jordan Brand Classic; that was another dream of mine and they invited me to come down and be a part of everything even though I’m hurt.”
The Jordan Brand Classic tips Friday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Giles was invited and attended the Nike Hoop Summit last week in Portland, Ore.
“It’s the last event for me and my guys to get together,” Giles said. “It’s crazy to even say this, but it’s time for the younger guys to have their time and for us to get ready to go on to college. I’m trippin’ because I remember when I was the younger guy. I’m just glad that the Jordan Brand people allowed me to be a part of this. It means a lot to me.”
Though, sure, the competitor in Giles makes him want to hop off the bench and sky through the lane for one of his trademark rim-rocking dunks, but he’s more content with the experience than anything.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity,” Giles said. “I’m so used to traveling everywhere, but I’ve been home for the last five months basically. I went to the Nike Hoop Summit last week and now Jordan Brand. To be out again with all my boys feels great. It’s a dream come true.”
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