COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Two prospects stood out amongst the rest during the first practice of the USA 16U National Team trials, and one of those was Harry Giles.
Harry Giles is tops in 2016.
While Malik Newman was the most dominant perimeter player, Giles was the most dominant interior player.
Playing with fire and energy, Giles was impressive on the boards, scored with touch inside the arc and made some impressive passes along the way.
An elite athlete with a great frame at 6-9, 210-pounds, Giles has established himself as the top prospect in the 2016 class.
After practice, he told 247Sports that Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest although Duke hasn't offered. That isn't an issue to Giles, though.
"We just haven't talked about it," said Giles about not having been offered by Duke. "They probably will soon, but it's not a big deal to me."
Giles also noted that he plans to visit Kentucky in the near future.
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One of the most athletic big men here along with Giles, Rabb made is presence felt in transition and on the glass.
His latest offers are from Arizona State and Ohio State. A visit to UCLA is on the horizon.
The schools that have separated themselves from the rest for Rabb are the schools recruiting him the hardest which are California, North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas and Arizona. Rabb also said that Duke, who has just started to recruit him, is an intriguing option and belongs in this top category of schools.
A 6-3 combo guard, Crawford went through drill work with the point guards and told 247Sports that is the position he wants to play in college.
In the scrimmage portion, he had a solid showing playing the role of a power point guard. Primarily he made positive plays in pick and roll situations.
Indiana and Georgetown are two of the schools that have recruited Crawford the hardest but now there is a new school that has joined those two.
"Indiana and Georgetown were the first two and have been there since," said Crawford. "Now that Maryland has offered me they are recruiting me hard like them."
Having already visited these three schools, Crawford plans on visiting Syracuse and UConn before school starts.
The big man isn't the most athletic big man here, but he is the best long range shooter of the bigs. He is also in improved shape compared to where he was during the October training camp here.
Talk about a dynamic perimeter offensive player. Monk is an elite athlete with a tight handle and a good shooting stroke.
He is the best point guard or shooting guard at the tryouts and will almost certainly start at whichever position fits with the rest of the squad. With the bulk of the talent here being wing players, odds are good that Newman will be the starting point guard.
Although some still see Newman as a shot jacker, that judgement is far from accurate. He didn't turn the ball over and repeatedly fed the post while also being a dynamic scorer.
Pritchard had a quality practice. He isn't overly athletic or a dynamic scorer, but he handled the ball well and hit open shots. Bottom line is that he had the type of first practice to put himself in contention to make the team.
Ramsey impressed with his energy and competitiveness. He made some shots but more impressive was his tight ball handling and dominant defense.
It looked like it took a little time for Tatum to adjust to the strength and athleticism of the competition here, but adjust he did. By the end of the practice, he had solidified himself as one of the top talents here.
Williams passes the look test as a 6-7 athletic wing, and Williams also brought the game to match.
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