Four-Star Center Daniel Giddens Commits to Ohio State

By Mike Young on July 4, 2014 at 2:03p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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The "Elite '15" nickname stuck to football's 2015 recruits, but it might be more appropriate for that year's basketball class.

Daniel Giddens celebrated his and America's birthday by committing to the Buckeyes, and his addition to the 2015 class gives Ohio State a well-rounded group, filled with "elite" talent. In addition to the Marietta, Ga. center, Thad Matta's collection of rising high school seniors includes forward Mickey Mitchell, point guard A.J. Harris and guard Austin Grandstaff.

The Giddens File

  • Class 2015
  • Position C
  • Size 6-10/235
  • School Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)
  • AAU Each 1 Teach 1
  • Composite ★★★★
  • Rank 11 (C), 46 (overall)

Giddens is considered a five-star talent by 247Sports, but every other major recruiting outlet lists him as a four-star recruit. The 6-foot-10-inch big man is a raw offensive talent, but there are flashes of potential. Due to his strength, he can consistently finish around the rim and through contact. This summer, he's also shown the ability to hit jump shots from the high-post.

Defensively is where his athleticism is most noticeable. He is agile at 235 pounds (ESPN lists him at 250), can run the floor as well as any big man in his class and is an explosive leaper. Again, because of his strong upper and lower body, he also tends to hold his position in the low-post. 

During an EYBL session in May, Giddens spoke to SNY.tv's Jason Morrow about his interest in Ohio State.

"I talk to them every week; twice, three times a week, maybe," Giddens said. "There is a great relationship with Coach [Thad] Matta."

The Georgia native switched AAU teams before this summer and now plays for Each 1 Teach 1, which is based out of Florida. Coincidentally, though they weren't teammates, E1T1 was the same AAU squad freshman D'Angelo Russell played for. Assuming Russell is still on the roster, they will team up in Columbus, after Giddens chose the Buckeyes over Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

Matta and assistant Dave Dickerson were more heavily involved in Giddens' recruitment than any other school he considered. The Buckeyes considered him a priority for over a year, paving the way for an unofficial visit to Columbus in December. He has not openly disclosed a visit to another school since.

Matta returned the favor by making a pair of trips to watch Giddens. The Ohio State head coach travelled to Georgia for a Wheeler High School game in February (also scouting teammate Jaylen Brown) and attended the opening EYBL session, when E1T1 played in Sacramento, Calif. 

Over the course of the 2014 EYBL season, Giddens played in 16 games, averaging nearly 20 minutes per contest. He scored 6.6 points per game, while hitting 53.2 percent of his shots on a loaded offensive squad. Giddens' speciality is blocking shots, and he averaged 2.6 blocks per game. E1T1 will look to defend their Nike Peach Jam title later this month. 

In addition to being a part of one of the nation's top AAU programs, Giddens also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. 


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bethesdabuck's picture

It's like you wrote this already knowing what was going to happen!

Great stuff! Much needed big man with a high motor (please no Amir comparisons, people.). 

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Gidden While the Giddens Good!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

That's a #boooom and a half!

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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The Rill Dill's picture

Upvote for Cosmo Kramer-----EVERY time!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

I don't think this is Colin Mochrie but it sure looks like him.

HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

Steve Martin. A wild and craaaazy guy.

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JTACbuckeye's picture

...and not one jumpshot or hook in the highlight vid!  excited by this kid's prospects, but hopefully he can develop some more moves in the low post to combat the physicality of the big ten basketball schedule.

The strong will stand, the weak will fall by the wayside.  100% and then some!

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

I get what you're saying. It may get me crucified here but while he is a tremendous coach and recruiter, I'm not the biggest believer in Matta and his staffs ability to develope talent. Here's hoping Giddens is more Greg Oden than Trey McDonald. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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bethesdabuck's picture

Hey, guys, commitment threads are not negative nancy threads. Go create a new topic in the forum if you want to go this direction. See point #3 here: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/college-football-recruiting/2014/06/36419/the-11w-book-of-etiquette-chapter-1-following-recruiting-without-being-an-asshole

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

I'm by no means bashing the kid. A 4 star commit is a great thing every time and I'm excited about his, and the entire class of '15 prospects. My only hope is that he's ready to ball from day 1 because what we see then is likely what we will see when he graduates or declares. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

You sound ridiculous

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Me?

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I was talking about Bethesda but imisread his post while drunk on a river lol. I thought his message was in response to another person than who it really was for so it made his post sound extreme. Meh. Alcohol

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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osu07asu10's picture

Thad can't believe it!!!

Congrats Daniel! What a special class this will be!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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sb97's picture

Wooooooooooooooooooooh!

osu07asu10's picture

Also, nice added touch with Thad in the newly minted Gray Box!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 This class is going to be awesome...Thad's turn for a title!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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tennbuckeye19's picture

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

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buckeyedude's picture

I have no idea whats going on here, but i like it!

 

 

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305Buck's picture
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IGotAWoody's picture

All FOUR Buckeye commits for 2015 are in ESPN's Top 100. Thad's doin' work!!

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Wow!  I really like the highlight film. This guy is going to be incredible. Physically he's exactly what you want in a big. He's not lanky or uncoordinated. He's just built like a man but happens to be tall. Awesome get by Matta!

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laishley15's picture

Great pickup by the staff.  hopefully the staff can gain some ground with Bragg to make this an incredible class for 15.  I hope Kentucky or Kansas lands Cheick Diallo to give the staff a better shot at Bragg.

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

How many will Matta take in the '15 class? There are still two big time prospects from Ohio who are uncommited. Bragg and Ahmad. 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

stevebelliseeya's picture

Is it just me or did I see more motivation and excitement in this kids highlight reel than I have seen out of Amir Williams the entire time I've been watching him. 

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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IGotAWoody's picture

Well, to be fair, it is a HIGHLIGHT reel.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Don't fake the funk on a nasty dunk!

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osu407's picture

He plays like Sam Thompson but at the five. He just needs a little polish and a little muscle before he is really incredible. 

Slightly off topic: I really wish most basketball highlight tapes were cut more like football highlights so you see the whole play and not just the dunk or swish at the end. You can learn a lot about a player in the set up and beginning of a play. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Awesome recruiting news still rolling, well done to Coach Matta and staff.

Welcome aboard, Mr. Giddens.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture
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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

Is BOOOOOOM appropriate here??

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TraSmith4's picture

...more like BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!!!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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oregonianbuckeye's picture

I love Matta's strategy of two 'big' classes back to back. With the Craft class leaving, and the Scott class seniors, the 14 and 15 group will be the core of the next few years. 

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wyatt's picture

He is a much better shooter than shown on the tape.  Seems to have a great attitude and willing to work hard. Just what is needed in the paint to defend, rebound and pass. Great news.

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toad1204's picture

This class is a big deal.  Love that he has proven himself here and against international competition.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome Daniel! A great week just got better!

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dmurder's picture

If we get Bragg , could be the best class since Conley, Oden.

anyone have any insight on Bragg ?

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

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ITWASME's picture

I want Giddens's teammate Jaylen Brown

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Buckabroad's picture

This is incredible news. Fantastic commitment for the Buckeyes! This class is really rolling!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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Buck Commander's picture

I seen he has a 7'3" wingspan........sounds like a shot blocker supreme to me.........BOOM!!!!!!!!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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ibuck's picture

Giddens' speciality is blocking shots, and he averaged 2.6 blocks per game.

Blocking and altering shots is some great D !  Good to know newbies are willing to work on their defense.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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FloridaBuck's picture
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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Big man worries in Columbus just got reduced.  Welcome to the Buckeyedome!

Class of 2010.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Are we still in the mix for Elijah Thomas? With Bragg, Ahmad, and Thomas all still available, I like our chances of landing a great power forward.
 

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BCKIIS's picture

Buckeyerealist13 - from Bucknuts

Matta has two more scholarships available, although one may be saved for the 2016 class. Key candidates for a spot in the 2015 class include Ohio power forward prospects Carlton Bragg (ranked eighth nationally) and Esa Ahmad (ranked 59th).

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Outstanding athletic big man!  He should make an impact the moment he steps on campus.  Welcome to Buckeye nation Daniel!!

Go Bucks!

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Seattle Linga's picture

This is the scene on high street !!!!!!!!!!!!!

And this is the scene in Annie Arbor

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ibuck's picture

Keep the ball rolling, Thad and staff!

As for offensive skills, grabbing and offensive rebound and jamming it home are needed skills for Buckeye bigs.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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rambis's picture

Bragg did not impress in VASJ state semifinal game this past March.

OSUStu's picture

Due to his strength, he can consistently finish around the rim and through contact. 

Oh happy day!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Appears to be a hard worker on defense as well as offense, also looks pretty smooth and coordinated which is special for a kid that size.  Hope he will be able to realize the potential he obviously has.  In Thad We Trust!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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BeijingBucks's picture

nickname this kid 'The Posterizer'

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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Seattle Linga's picture

I love me some Rachel

osu407's picture

For what it is worth, I absolutely love the picture at the top of this article because it just looks like a perfect visual representation of a young man that works very hard to achieve something, then reaches their goal and is subsequently overwhelmed by the moment.  It is also patriotic given the USA team and the fourth of July. 

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ToetotheFace's picture

Remember when Thad Matta  all of a sudden wasn't the most consistently successful Buckeye coach of all-time who took a program that was 2nd/3rd rate and made it elite? Sometimes these fan bases can be insufferable. The stuff with Urban is even less warranted.

Great sign, great class especially Mitchell, and if anyone stays over from 2014 this team could be absolutely loaded as they come in as FR.

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rightfield's picture

It looks to me that Matta has tweaked his recruiting to not just chasing after 4-5*  players but 4-5* players who are winners and have a good motor. You can't teach "heart" and I think Matta got burnt there a few times in the past thinking he could will a killer instinct into a kid with good skills.

   He got his kind of player in Daniel...   skills,length,good citizen,winner and a MOTOR.   This kid is going to have a really good career at OSU. Glad to also hear he has family backing him. That typically means he is going to be a cut above maturity wise also.  BOOM, for the good guys!!!

Its good to be the king

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teddyballgame's picture

We giddens some big time players

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hspbuy1's picture

Looks like a great addition to a great class! He looks like a center who can jump! Any idea on his vertical? Welcome aboard!

hspbuy1

BSTP DeCon's picture

I'm so happy I'm a Buckeye. This feeling couldn't get any better! Welcome to the greatest university, Giddens!

Dougger's picture

Huge player. Looks like he's paying on a 8-foot rim. Great work Thad and staff. 

I like football

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Chris Raiden's picture

Giddens, Thompson, maybe a little depth inside that can actually play? Boy, that would be nice.

Great pickup by Thad and company. They had a weakness on the roster going forward, and they have in fact addressed it.