Posted: 10:54 am Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Atlanta basketball star picks Ohio State 

By Michael Carvell

Daniel Giddens, who is rated as the state’s No. 3 overall basketball prospect for 2015, committed to Ohio State on Friday, less than a week after returning from an official visit with the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-10 center from Wheeler High School picked Ohio State over Wake Forest, while also considering UGA and Florida. Giddens thought about visiting other schools, but changed his mind after reflecting on his Ohio State trip.

Daniel Giddens (247sports)

Daniel Giddens (247sports)

“Yes, it was the only official visit I took because right after I took it, I felt like Ohio State was the only place for me,” Giddens said. “I didn’t really feel the need to visit anywhere else.”

Why OSU? “It was really just the environment at Ohio State and the city of Columbus. I felt like it was a city that welcomed me and my family. I felt like the trust I built with Coach Matta and his staff is something where they will do everything to get me to that next level.”

Giddens had taken unofficial visits to both UGA and Florida. He was a priority for the Bulldogs in their search for big men.

“I was real serious about Georgia,” Giddens said. “It was a program I was looking into hard just because how close it was to home, and Coach Fox is just a good coach. I like the whole coaching staff. They’re trying to put Georgia basketball back on the map. It was just that Ohio State was the best for me both athletically and academically. And Ohio State’s fans are some of the best basketball fans in the world.”

Giddens’ teammate at Wheeler is Jaylen Brown, the 6-7 forward who is rated as the state’s No. 1 prospect. Is Giddens working on Brown for Ohio State?

“You know, JB is his own player,” Giddens said. “He’s got everybody recruiting hm. I’ve mentioned Ohio State to him a couple of times. But at the end of the day, he’s going to make the best decision for him.

81 comments
thebucket
thebucket

Congratulations to the young man on getting an opportunity to play big-time college basketball. Here's hoping he has a great college career @ OSU.

PMR
PMR

They probably offered him free tattoos. But that's just a guess.

Baghead
Baghead

And yet another sign of Fox's piss poor recruiting.  But hey, let's give him another chance Mcgarity.  Come on....how about another extension?  

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Lets just hope he does well no matter where the Heck he goes.

RJMD
RJMD

As a MSU fan, I'm glad this kid is going to play for the Suckeyes. At his size, he should dominate every game, but at times he disappears. 5 star? really?  These recruiting services make money off ratings like this?

foxdog
foxdog

He will love the weather in Columbus in January and. February....

foxdog
foxdog

He will love the weather inColumbus, Ohio

BSNBC
BSNBC

Ohio State is a joke!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

If you build a new Schmeg, will they come? Inquiring minds want to know.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Doubtful this kid signs with Ohio State. If he is having a great season, he'll have a bunch of other coaches all over him, especially because they will already be visiting with Brown. Wait and see. Calipari, Coach K, Donovan, etc. Just can't see him leaving for ice-cold-in-the-Winter Columbus.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

He said he decided to announce the commitment on his 17th birthday because “it’s a great day for our nation. It’s Independence Day and my birthday, so I might as well go ahead and commit on that day as well. It’s a special day.”

But he said he’d known for about a month that he was Columbus-bound.

“The biggest thing at Ohio State is the academics, and I really feel like Ohio State is one of the top universities in the country for academics, not only for its athletic programs,” said Giddens, who plans to major in business. “Coach Matta and his staff are so trustworthy and want the best for their players. And the fans of Ohio State, I just can’t wait to give my all for them.”

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Yo tampa,


Apparently  Billy Boy was interested.....


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State and Thad Matta received a commitment from 2015 five-star center Daniel Giddens on Friday afternoon. Giddens made the announcement on his 17th birthday, choosing the Buckeyes over Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Georgia.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

This ranks right up there with the crayons....


Conley, a 6-foot-3 rising senior and starting wideout for the Bulldogs, spent much of his offseason on his Twitter-fueled project "Retribution," a 25-minute Star Wars fan film that features fellow Georgia football players and students, his head coach Mark Richt, stormtroopers and lightsaber duels across the Athens, Ga., campus -- including the team's iconic Sanford Stadium.

SinceVince
SinceVince

"and Coach Fox is just a good coach".. very profound statement...

SinceVince
SinceVince

Mark Fox is weak...So is Greg McGarity..as for football , well , pay close attention to our depth and lines of scrimmage ..

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

Wake Forest  & Florida should feel bad about losing him we weren't in the conversation.
Meanwhile Stegeman still has scaffolding around it keeping the glass from falling out...

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

McGarity needs to get on the ball and realize that if we made our sports facilities top notch, sports such as basketball could bring in revenue.  Fox needs to be fired, period.  Obviously hiring the new assistant who had ties to AAU did not work with this guy we lost -- and we will lose more players.  I think one of the reasons players from Georgia are not seriously considering UGA is because they are wondering if Fox will be around.  Heck, Georgia State does a better job of getting better players than UGA -- that's pretty sad.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RJMD Man, a MSU fan taking a shot at OSU. Sounds like good old fashioned hate to me.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@foxdog


He will be on buses and planes 3 nights a week as will players from all major basketball programs. 


Athens has snow and ice and freezing rain too Mr. Meteorologist. 


At least he will play, practice and train in a world class facilities. 

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@BSNBC dogs are unranked and a joke. Ands that's the football program. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Chuck_UGA 

You really don't understand how basketball recruiting works.  It is much different than football - there is an early signing period.  Those other coaches have been "all over" their top targets for over a year.  There is very little "flipping" in b'ball.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Hangonsloopy I thought he did a good job on it, i'm just worried 350 is waiting for it to be released on video.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Fox is a good coach. He just cannot recruit in the Southeast. But then again, how would you know? Your second comment on McGarity pretty much reflects your intelligence.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

So fire a coach who finished 12-6 in conference play and also based on what you project might happen next season? Then listen tomESPN shred the program in the sports media for the firing? You must be a PR expert.

slydawg
slydawg

Facility... don't screw up spelling when trying to correct someone Mr. Grammar...lol.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@Hangonsloopy @BSNBC  And yet we still manage to beat Tech 12 out of the last 13 years. If the dogs are a joke then the yellow jackets are a bad joke.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

You mean the locals will see to it that the matter is "taken care of." A lot of experience with this kind of thing in Columbus!

Baghead
Baghead

@TheOldGuy @Hangonsloopy @BSNBC POW!  Hangon's comment was supposed to be funny, even after construing the facts (i.e. consistently ranked in the top 10), whereas TheOldGuy was dead on with factual information and yet funny as hell!   Love of it when nerds get put in their place.