Ohio State Basketball: What New Recruit Daniel Giddens Brings to Buckeyes

Urban Meyer isn’t the only elite recruiter working his magic on the banks of the Olentangy River in Columbus.

Ohio State’s Thad Matta recently added another impressive piece to his formidable 2015 recruiting class when Georgia native Daniel Giddens, who is a 4-star center, per 247Sports, gave the Buckeyes basketball team his verbal pledge.

Giddens checks in at 6’10” and 235 pounds and is ranked as the No. 11 center and No. 46 overall player nationally. His commitment was the result of more than a year of persistent recruiting from Matta and his staff.

Yes, Giddens provides an elite big man for Ohio State’s 2015 class, but his commitment is especially important because Matta didn’t exactly land a game-changer down low in the 2014 recruiting group either. Amir Williams and Anthony Lee can handle center duties in the immediate future, but the Buckeyes needed someone like Giddens to feel more secure about their future in the paint.

Giddens’ specialty is the defensive end of the floor.

At 235 pounds, he is as athletic as they come for centers, which helps him cover more ground down low and challenge more shots. In fact, he will swat plenty of shots into the crowd at Value City Arena once he arrives.

Giddens does more than just dart around the floor down low and block shots though. He is incredibly strong, which helps him hold his ground against the majority of other big men across the country, and his leaping ability means he…

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