Indiana one of six finalists for 2015 big man Daniel Giddens

  • 02/06/2014 9:13 pm in

Indiana is one of six schools still being considered by class of 2015 Wheeler (Ga.) center Daniel Giddens, he announced on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-10, 225 pound big man announced his list of six finalists via his Twitter account in no particular order: Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Ohio State.

“Thanks to all the schools thats recruited me over the years and the coaches that took the time out to recruit me,” Giddens said before revealing his list of finalists.

Indiana offered a scholarship in late November.

In a text message to Inside the Hall on Thursday evening, Giddens mentioned two things that are standing out for the Hoosiers.

“Their business school is top 5 in America,” he said. “And coach (Tom) Crean is an amazing coach that helps you become the best you can be.”

Giddens is rated the No. 22 prospect nationally by the 247Composite and was a member of USA Basketball’s 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship team last summer.

He has not taken any official visits yet, but took an unofficial visit to Ohio State in December.

As a sophomore at Wheeler, Giddens helped lead his team to the 2013 Georgia Region 5-AAAAAA title, the Georgia Class 7A semifinals and a 21-9 record. He started all 30 games and averaged 12.0 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game.

(Photo credit: USA Basketball)

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  • SilverAtlanta

    Would a great “get” for the Hoosiers, a quality big man who is available and plays in a great program at Wheeler. Ohio State is thought to have the inside track, but who knows?

  • Alford Bailey

    Similar body to NV in high school. Maybe not as skilled but I would be glad to have him.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Long time reader, few time commenter. Well, this kid is a beast and would greatly benefit the Hoosier squad. I still do not know why CTC does not play Noah at the 4 and put Hanner underneath to grab boards and scrap put-backs.
    Definitely need to utilize the skills of our players to create mismatches with opposing teams . . .let them try to follow us in our creative offensive sets.

  • inLinE6

    This kid is legit. I hope he would come. But if not, just don’t go to Ohio.

  • SCHoosier

    Quick..uses both hands..finishes around the rim strong. runs the floor well…and likes to block shots. Of course at 6-10 he should be able to do all those things. As much as I love these highlites..not sure what they show other than a lot of layups and put backs. Does he have a mid-range game? Can he put the ball on the floor? Can he defend from top of the key down? Obviously this guy will get a lot of interest. Several “bigs” in the ’15 class and I’d assume Giddens will be near the top of the list. The 5 and PG are the most important positions in recruiting….he’ll have no shortage of quality suitors.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Check Hanner’s stats and report back. He has a lot of turnovers, doesn’t convert field goals at a high rate as a post player, and can’t defend without fouling.

    He has taken a big step this year and has improved a lot, but he is a year away from being a significant contributor. He is not ready yet.

  • Kyl470

    A top 25 player that is 6’10”. Yeah we will take him. Definitely would fill a huge need because even if Noah comes back one more year there is no way he is staying for a 3rd.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Cuz when Hanner plays he draws all the opposing bigs when he gets a pass in the post. Also Noah, like Cody, is not being optimized in this offense. He fits a need, but as a 4 would cause fits to defend.
    Stats are a snapshot, not the whole story.

  • Indiana_Banners

    He draws all the opposing bigs because of all the time he gives them to recover when he fumbles passes, drops balls, and is indecisive in general when receiving the basketball. He only makes quick moves after rebounds.

    I like Hanner, but you’ve got to look at his game and not his physique.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Indiana_Banners is right, Hanner’s simply not there yet.

    Look, if he were getting the minutes some folks say he should get, 9/10ths of this forum would be cursing him as hard as they do Hollowell. I like Hanner’s flashes of physical dominance, but they’re just flashes, and they’re punctuated with moments of sheer “WTF?”. He simply needs more time to develop. If he stays all 4 years, I’d love to see how he does in that last year, but until then I don’t see how anyone can call him anything more than a depth player at best.

  • Rie

    He is currently a four star recruit, at number thirty-four overall, on ESPN. I expect him to shoot up once they redo the rankings. Here is their scouting report:

    “ESPN Analyst
    Updated 01/29/2014

    Strengths:
    Giddens is a long and athletic post who has a great basketball body and frame to build upon. He runs the floor extremely well and consistently hit the boards on both ends especially offensively. Giddens like to post on the right low block and score over his left hand over his right shoulder althrough he is right handed. He can also get to the rim with short one or two dribble drives with is a problem for opposing centers. He moves well without the ball and can catch and finish with touch or above the rim with power and good explosiveness. Giddens is a alert defender especially off the ball in help situations where he can contest and or block a shot to help a teammate.

    Weaknesses:
    Giddens could even be a more productive defensive rebounder and he must continue to add to his back to the basket scoring package and hone his overall skills that will increase his already good production.

    Bottom Line:
    Giddens is an active and mobile center that can score some with hos back to the basket and in transition. He is a good offensive rebounder and defender with great upside.”

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Exactly. And I’m not worried that he’s likely not as good as Noah; what matters is whether he can rebound and defend the interior. If he can do that – and given that he’s a Top 25 player, it’s expected that he can – then there will be a spot for him on IU’s roster.

  • Snookafly

    So who plays the 5 if and when Noah leaves next year?

  • Indiana_Banners

    Hanner improved quite a bit this year, though he still isn’t quite ready. It isn’t out of the question that he is able to play and defend for extended stretches without fouling next year. No one knows what Hanner will be next season, though it is probably a safe bet that he won’t compete for All-B1G. He could still be a nice piece by this time next season.

  • shknqk

    What I like is he feels like a 2-4 year kid. Starts with defense and board work, grows into a post player. Learns how to run the court.

    But he does have a little bit of “i want me a piece of you’ it seems. And he doesn’t look like he wants to spend a lot of time outside of the lane shooting 3 pointers.

  • shknqk

    There have been numerous guys who have been permitted to play through turnovers. Hanner has NEVER had that chance this year or last year.

    I guess I trust CTC on this but just let me see him get 18 minutes in 3 consecutive games and see what happens. I’d love it to be the next three, otherwise it aint happening til 2014-15 unless Noah is forced to sit for some reason.

    On the flip side, we seem to have some momentum so a change now like that is probably reckless… but if we crap out in the next 3 games then I hope HMP gets developmental minutes b/c we are NIT bound barring B1G tourney championship.

  • Rie

    Top 1*

  • kyle jenkins

    The kid will be an instant impact wherever he goes. Crean must be doing something right to even be in the conversation with players like this one. Also nice to hear him talking about the business school and not jumping straight to the NBA after a year or two. Looks like he’s in it to get a degree. That’s been a lost quality for a lot of 5 Star caliber players.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    I have also been wondering about pairing HMP and NV together. I assume HMP would be able to clean up a lot of NV’s shots that seem to just slide off the rim. TW is great at coming in and crashing the boards, but he always seems a little too late. However, I assume they have tried this combination in practice without much success, that’s why we haven’t seen it in a game. Also, an opposing team could stretch that duo as well and drive and create a ton of cheap BIG 10 fouls…

  • kbb247

    As of right now that would be HMP. IF he makes another off season jump like he did this year Indiana will be just fine. With the shooters we have coming in (particularly JBJ, and Johnson) next year, and the holdovers having another year to develop I doubt he will be asked to do much offensively. After watching him last year, I was hoping he would just be playable this year. I think he can/and will contribute next year. MO he will never be a 15 and 8 guy, but next year a 6-8 points, 5-7 rebound guy, and about 15 to 20 minutes a game, with those numbers going up or leveling off his senior year, if we land this kid or another top notch center. MO his ceiling is around 10 points and 8 boards a game.

  • Kyl470

    I agree. I’d say there is only a 5% chance he comes back.

  • Joe B

    Yes, please!!

  • geometer

    Business degree and NBA after 2 years are not mutually exclusive – See Cody Zeller.

  • kyle jenkins

    I didn’t say he couldn’t graduate that fast. I was speaking more toward his mindset with school. Its a good thing.

  • CheesyHoosier

    I think that the Hoosiers need to focus on getting two post players in 2015. Daniel Giddens would be a great start, but I’d like to really see us get in the mix for Stephen Zimmerman..

  • Earl Scheib

    I wonder how many recruits that are interested in that lame school in Lexington actually mention academics. . . probably ZERO. Daniel sounds like he’s got a good head on his shoulders and realizes the importance of things beyond basketball. That sounds like the kind of player we want around here.

  • Drew

    Yes. I absolutely agree.

  • geometer

    I agree with you on his mindset; I too very much like this mentality it appears he has. I would just caution others who might read this and assume we are getting a 4 year player.

  • SCHoosier

    Whatever big TC fills out the 2014 recruiting year with..and there will be somebody. My guess is Hanner would start the cupcake season at the 5..with the new guy getting more minutes each game until…

  • Snookafly

    Where is this big man who can start immediately coming from? Not to single you out, but people keep saying we’ll find somebody good enough to step in right away at center and give us quality play. I’m just curious as to exactly where he’s coming from because right now the board is plucked clean and we aren’t in the running for anyone that good. People keep talking of 5th year types, but how many quality 5’s are slipping off every year? Crean is also very particular about centers. He doesn’t seem to want big, wide bodies, so that narrows the list even further.

  • Snookafly

    Cody doesn’t have a degree.