Ohio State freshman center Daniel Giddens has requested a release from the program, a team spokesman confirmed to Eleven Warriors. Giddens is expected to transfer.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Borzello.
Ohio State freshman Daniel Giddens has requested his release and is expected to transfer, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/MQV0dUwTTh— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 28, 2016
Giddens appeared in 33 games this season for the Buckeyes making seven starts. The 6-foot-10 Mableton, Georgia native averaged 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
A former four-star recruit who played his final high school season at the famous Oak Hill Academy, Giddens flashed potential during his freshman season. He was part of a five-man freshman class that also included JaQuan Lyle, Mickey Mitchell, A.J. Harris and Austin Grandstaff. Grandstaff transferred in December; Giddens would become the second of this group to leave the program.
Giddens came off the bench for the majority of last season behind sophomore center Trevor Thompson — who recently announced his intentions to enter the NBA Draft but not hire an agent giving him the option to return. Giddens averaged just over 18 minutes per game.
Ohio State also has two big men signed in the 2016 class with four-star forward Derek Funderburk and three-star center Micah Potter.