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Five-Star Center Daniel Giddens to Decide on Friday
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer and Ohio State football recruiting have been in the news quite a bit over the last month, but on Friday they may both have to move aside as Thad Matta and the basketball Buckeyes anxiously await the decision of five-star center Daniel Giddens.

Giddens (6-10 235), out of Marietta, Georgia, is the #3 center in the 2015 class per 247Sports, and according to most he is expected to be a Buckeye. Ohio State is not the only school in the running, however, as Kansas, Indiana, Arizona, Florida and Georgia are also in the mix.

As a player, he is a shot-blocking defensive presence. His 7'2" wingspan will adjust twice as many shots as it blocks, and he's physical enough to battle underneath for rebounds. His frame will carry more weight, but he is certainly not skinny.

He will turn 17 on July 4, and as you would expect with most young centers, Giddens still has work to do on the offensive side of the ball. The good news, however, is that he is not satisfied with being a raw offensive player and continues to broaden his skill set. He is an active player at both ends of the court and hasn't shown himself to be the kind to get lost in the background.

Ohio State has been seen as the favorite for a while now, and for good reason.

"I talk to them every week - twice, three times a week maybe. There is a great relationship with Coach Matta," Giddens told recently. "They just [have] really told me how they are going to use me in the system.

"They want me to be their power forward guy. They just want me to come in and fill a role for them, they are losing three people."

Those three players in the post will be Anthony Lee, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, so there will certainly be a need for a post player to overcome some of these losses.

Here is a scouting report from

A talented defender at this stage in his development, Giddens is still putting the pieces together on the offensive end. Playing in a strong program at Wheeler, Giddens has made an impact on the glass, as well as in blocking shots. He has all the tools to be an imposing defender and rim protector on the defensive end of the floor. He is most comfortable near the hoop on the offensive end, as is athletic enough to make plays off rebounds and in transition.
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