Harry Giles, the consensus top basketball recruit in the 2016 class, was always thought to be a long shot to wind up at Kansas, even after an official visit to campus in earlier October.
Giles confirmed that theory on Friday morning, committing to Duke in a televised ceremony. Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Winston-Salem, N.C., joins a Blue Devils recruiting class that also features St. Louis native Jayson Tatum, who is rated as the No. 2 overall recruiting class. Giles recently announced that he will miss his senior season of high school basketball after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Giles is the second Kansas target to spurn Bill Self and the Jayhawks this week. Center Schnider Herard, who plays high school basketball in Plano, Texas, committed to Mississippi State on Wednesday.
Kansas has one commitment in its 2016 recruiting class. Power forward Mitch Lightfoot committed to the Jayhawks in late October.