Giddens planning visit

Four-star center Daniel Giddens is working to improve his game and also planning a visit here in the near future.

Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler is one of the top programs in the country and a big reason for that is their young talent. Maybe the most talented player is sophomore Daniel Giddens. The 6-foot-10 center loves to play down low, and more and more college coaches are taking notice.

At the Flyin to the Hoop event Giddens had a quiet game by his standards, but still he was able to impact the action with his length and athleticism on defense as well as rebounding the basketball. With that Giddens says he is still focused on improving his offensive game.

"I've been working on my rebounding and my skill level," said Giddens. "I showed my spin moves (Monday) and that is something that I have been working on. Really I just want to be a better player overall."

Recruiting wise it is no surprise that some of the top programs in the country are making sure to check out Giddens during the year.

"Florida has been here, UNC, Duke just started showing interest, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Tennessee, and the majority of the SEC schools and ACC schools," said Giddens.

North Carolina has continued to pick up their interest, and Giddens says he hopes to visit the Tar Heels soon.

"We haven't really had a conversation, but I am trying to visit them and NC State next month," Giddens explained. "When North Carolina expressed interest it showed me that my dreams are one step closer to coming true. It is just amazing."

With NC State, the Wolfpack have been very successful recruiting the city of Atlanta in the past, and current star Richard Howell is a Wheeler graduate. Also Giddens has plenty of connections to current Wolfpack players.

"Rich (Howell), Lorenzo (Brown), and C.J. (Leslie), I work out with those guys over the summer," said Giddens. "They haven't told me anything NC State wise, but they just talk to me about my game. I know NC State is going to be there and Mark Gottfried is an excellent coach so we will see where it takes us."

When asked if he also planned to stop by Duke on his trip to the Tar Heel State, Giddens said, "I am not sure. Duke just started showing interest so I am not sure."

Another school that has picked things up since the start of the season is Kentucky. The Wildcats sent an assistant to see him and have indicated they will continue to recruit the five-star prospect.

"Kentucky came down to see me once and they talked to my dad a few weeks ago," said Giddens. "I didn't get a chance to talk to them in-depth, but they did talk to my dad."

For now Giddens is focused on his sophomore season and will continue to work to round out his already impressive game.

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