Giddens staying patient, still focused on six

  • 05/27/2014 10:17 am in

One of the nation’s top frontcourt players in the class of 2015, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler center Daniel Giddens, trimmed his list of schools to six in February, but his recruitment has remained relatively quiet since then.

The list of suitors still in the running to land Giddens is an impressive one that spans across the country. There’s a PAC-12 power in Arizona, a Big 12 power in Kansas, two Big Ten schools in Indiana and Ohio State and two SEC programs in Georgia and Florida.

The Buckeyes have been pegged as a potential favorite by many, but Giddens wasn’t tipping his hand over the weekend at the fourth Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) session in Minneapolis.

“Right now I’m just trying to get better and get to Peach Jam,” he told reporters.

Giddens, the No. 30 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, will indeed play in the Peach Jam in July as his E1T1 program qualified for Nike’s premier summer event by finishing with an 11-5 mark in EYBL play.

On a team with several capable scorers, Giddens has made his presence felt more on the glass and around the rim in EYBL play. He’s just seventh on E1T1 in scoring at 6.6 points per game, but second in rebounding (5.9) and first in blocked shots (2.6). His 41 blocks lead the EYBL.

As a junior at Marietta, he averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds, but fell in the title game of the state’s biggest class (AAAAAA).

In college, Giddens, who is 6-foot-10, said he’s looking forward to playing alongside other talented frontcourt players. In EYBL play, he’s had the opportunity to play the power forward position as one of his E1T1 teammates is 7-foot-5 center Tacko Fall.

“I’m trying to do anything that will get me to the next level,” he said. “I’ll do anything, play any position.”

Of his six finalists, Giddens has already taken unofficial trips to Georgia, Florida and Ohio State.

That leaves Arizona, Indiana and Kansas as the three schools he’s yet to see, but with five official visits still available, trips to each of those could still be on the horizon. In February, Giddens mentioned two specific things he likes about the Indiana option.

“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.”

For now, Giddens, who said he hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet, is focused on continuing to grow his game on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Giddens believes he is a bit underrated.

“I feel myself improving every game,” Giddens said. ” I feel like I can get off at times (offensively) and definitely get to the basket in situations when my team needs me.”

J.B. Bauer contributed to this story.

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  • Kyl470

    Landing this kid or another 5 star big is essential for 2015. Yogi’s senior year, combined with Troy, Stan, JBJ, and RJ all having experience teamed up with an immediate impact big much like Vonleh could get this team to the Final Four.

  • airnel48

    “he’s had the opportunity to play the power forward position as one of his E1T1 teammates is 7-foot-5 center Tacko Fall.”


  • marcusgresham

    That’s a Tacko Grande!

  • marcusgresham

    This guy already looks like a beast and he’s only a junior in high school. He looks to be built like Dwight Howard–hope he’s a better free throw shooter.

  • Alford Bailey

    Stiff competition for this guy. Gotta think he will move up the rankings over the next year. Hope he doesn’t add Louisville to that list.

  • Born&Bred2BleedHoosierCrimson

    Love his motor and mentality defensively. Can he shoot at all? Does he have a left hand? I’d love to have him based on his defensive prowess either way.

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure why OSU seems to be a favorite…I guess its the great job they did in preparing Greg Oden for being one of the top draft busts ever? Injuries..yea I know…….

  • drewheck

    We need this kid bad

  • HoosierGrampy

    Daniel Giddens, Jalen Crawford/KJ Walton, and Doral Moore/Matt Heldt would form a special class for next year. Solid ballers with good motors but without a lot of hype or attention at the national level. Just the type of player Bo Ryan seeks. Recall his answer when asked why UW doesn’t go after a lot of high-profile ballers: “I don’t want the kids who arrive in Madison knowing all the answers. I prefer the kids to come here, ask a few questions and listen to the answers.”

  • HoosierGrampy

    Don’t overlook the opportunities which Priller, April, Hoetzel and Davis will have to refine their skill sets and hopefully add some game experience to their respective development this coming season. I personally believe that we have the potential to be a lot better than all the “experts” are predicting for two simple reasons: 1) There is a respectable amount of talent on the team. 2) The players seems to be collectively motivated to become all they can be.

  • SeattleHoosier

    Any kid who mentions academics as a factor in their decision is fine with me!

  • I am not giving up on Devin Davis being able to play the middle. He might have his hands full this year but with our weight training and with additional time at the position he might be the right fit. There is no doubt about his heart and love of the game. He showed great determination last year. I think back to the 91-92 season and that Final Four run. That team didnt have a starter over 6-9 and Nover played the middle and if I remember correctly he was 6-7……he could high-jump 6-9….but he was not a natural big man. With the right talent at the other positions and with the right approach to defense it can be done. We know this as we watched it be done. Its going to be an interesting year in Btown and the development of JBJ and Devin Davis are going to be key to what we do this year and what are needs will be going into the next year.