Top basketball recruit Harry Giles announced his commitment to Duke on Friday, picking the Blue Devils over fellow finalists Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.
Giles — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Winston-Salem, N.C. — is ranked by ESPN and Scout.com as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2016. He is expected to miss the rest of his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (Va.) after suffering a torn ACL in his season opener Tuesday night.
UK Coach John Calipari attended that game and has recruited Giles as hard as any player in the class of 2016. Giles made multiple trips to Lexington, attending Big Blue Madness in 2013 and again this year.
Even so, Duke had long been considered the favorite for Giles, who is close friends with fellow top-five recruit and Blue Devils commitment Jayson Tatum.
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"I felt like Duke was the place for me," Giles said. "Every time I go to Duke, it feels like home. Every time I sit down and talk to Coach (Mike Krzyzewski), it's a special feeling. Every time we talk, it's always the same feeling and it feels great.
"I felt like family was at Duke, and I felt most comfortable there."
In addition to Giles and Tatum, Duke also has early commitments from No. 14 overall prospect Frank Jackson and No. 40 recruit Javin DeLaurier, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The Blue Devils' class is considered the best in the country.
Kentucky already has commitments from five-star small forward Wenyen Gabriel, five-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones and four-star power forward Tai Wynyard, who is expected to graduate from high school early and join UK's team for the second half of this season.
Calipari is still looking to add at least one more frontcourt player to his 2016 class, and he has plenty of talented options.
UK has already hosted five-star post players Edrice "Bam" Adebayo and Marques Bolden for official visits, and five-star power forward Jarrett Allen will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit.
The early signing period for high school seniors begins Wednesday and ends Nov. 18.