The Blue Devils flashed their potential Saturday without touted freshman Harry Giles, and now might have to get used to playing without the No. 1 recruit.
The forward underwent a left knee arthroscopy Monday, the team announced Monday afternoon. The typical recovery time for the procedure is expected to be six weeks.
A 6-foot-10 forward, Giles has a history of knee injuries and was previously recovering from a torn right ACL that caused him to miss the 2015-16 high school season. He also previously tore his left ACL.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of today’s procedure,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release. “This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100 percent going forward. Harry has done a tremendous job in rehabilitation over the last year and I’m sure he’ll continue to do the same after this procedure.”
The Blue Devils will host Countdown to Craziness Oct. 22 before opening the regular season against Marist Nov. 11. If Giles is limited at the start of the season, Duke has numerous options in the frontcourt thanks to the return of graduate student Amile Jefferson and additions of five-star forwards Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden.