It looked like Daniel Giddens was going to be a key piece to the puzzle going forward for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The 6-foot-10 center showed some definite potential as a freshman and looked to have an increased role going forward for the Buckeyes. However it isn't going to play out that way.
After meeting with Ohio State Head Coach Thad Matta, Giddens requested his release from the program. This news came as a surprise to many in Columbus, as most felt Giddens was a key piece to the future. This season Giddens averaged 18.2 minutes per game while putting up 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per contest.
Giddens has always been seen as a work in progress on the offensive end, and seemed to split time with sophomore Trevor Thompson. Sill Giddens' defense and rebounding was seen as a strength, and he showed strides throughout the season.
Ohio State still has a lot of depth at the center position, and adds four-star Derek Funderburk as well as three-star Micah Potter to the position, but this is a big long term loss for the Buckeyes.