Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
HIGH SCHOOL: Giess is a graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan. ... Giess earned three letters in basketball and four letters in track and field ... He was the track and field team captain during the 2012 season ... He was named the 2012 ESPN and Gatorade High School Track Athlete of the Year in Kansas ... He was three-time regional champion, the 2012 conference champion and the Kansas 6A State Champion in the high jump ... He was tied for the No. 1 mark in the country during the 2012 season, clearing 7-1 ... He won the dunk contest at the Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game and was a three-time runner-up for the Kansas 6A State Championship ... GIess was also recruited by Texas, Oregon, Indiana and Kansas State.

PERSONAL: He is the son of Mic and Sue Giess and was born in Chicago, Ill. ... He has two brothers, Jake and Cole ... He is pursuing a degree in business and aspires to run his own business.