When Harry Giles III announced he would spend his senior year of high school competing for Oak Hill Academy, many viewed his move as the catalyst the Warriors would need to wrest the DICK’S Nationals title from Montverde Academy after three years in the Florida school’s possession. Both Montverde and Oak Hill are positioned for yet another potential face off with the title on the line following Thursday quarterfinal victories, pending semifinal games on Friday, but Giles will have nothing to do with the result.
In fact, Giles has had nothing to do with any of Oak Hill’s results after the season opener, all due to a horribly unfortunate ACL tear in his right knee on November 3. He’s spent the season back in North Carolina, taking online courses at Forest Trail Academy to ensure he graduates and can enroll at Duke on time, all while spending three days per week rehabbing on Duke’s campus.
His body has been nowhere near Mouth of Wilson, Va., home of Oak Hill, since he returned to North Carolina, but on Thursday Giles made it clear that his thoughts have never left the teammates he left behind. Shortly after the Warriors advanced to the DICK’S Nationals semifinals, Oak Hill’s Hall of Fame coach Steve Smith sent a tweet to Giles, reinforcing that the Warriors miss their star big man. Giles was more than happy to reciprocate, as you can see below.
Giles’ sentiment, and his message to his former teammates, clearly fired up the veteran coach, who replied with an emphatic (albeit grammatically nightmarish) “Go Warrior’s”. Perhaps Giles’ brief interjection back into the life of this Warriors team can help catapult Oak Hill back to the proverbial tournament mountaintop. Regardless, both Giles and Smith have made it clear that the future Blue Devil views himself as an Oak Hill alum in spirit, even if he donned the team’s uniform for less than a full game.
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