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Jayson Tatum Admits There's One Rookie Who May Be Better Than The Rest Of The 2017 Draft Class


The 2017 NBA rookie draft class has to be one of the best draft classes in recent memory, even if it's only been one year since the rookies entered the league.

With the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Lonzo Ball and of course, Jayson Tatum far exceeding expectations, it's no wonder that the Class of '17 is considered a far greater batch of rookies compared to the 2014-2016 drafts.

What some NBA fans don't know, however, is that there was one player taken in the 20's who was a dominant force in high school, and could've been selected number one overall if injuries didn't derail his college career.

Tatum appeared on the Bill Simmons' Podcast this past week, and spoke about former Duke Blue Devils teammate and 20th pick in the 2017 Draft, Harry Giles, who currently plays center for the Sacramento Kings.

"He was by far the best player in our can ask anybody in our class. Even in high school I thought, 'yeah he might be better than me'"

Giles, who was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the draft before being traded to the Sacramento Kings, and has yet to play a game in the NBA, was once considered the top senior basketball player in the country while in high school, and was a beast down low for the Wesleyan Christian Academy, averaging 23.9 points per game,12.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assist per game, and 3.0 blocks per game his junior year.

Giles then moved to HS powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, but unfortunately, the center suffered a gruesome knee injury, which sidelined him his entire senior year, not allowing him to play a single game for Oak Hill, before he moved onto Duke.

Giles missed six weeks with Duke as he rehabbed from his knee injury, and wasn't the same player when he returned to the court, averaging just 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Blue Devils due to being sidelined.

Despite all of the setbacks though, Giles was selected 20th overall by the Blazers, and even though he hasn't made his NBA debut yet, as the Kings are cautious playing Harry after his multiple knee injuries, Giles could prove to be a star if he's 100% healthy.