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.
“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.