Top 10 '15 prospect talks Louisville offer

The University of Louisville basketball staff isn't finished with the Class of 2014 but has already started to focus on the Class of 2015. One of the top targets in that class for the Cardinals will be Marietta, Ga., Wheeler five-star center Daniel Giddens. Cardinal Authority has the latest from Giddens.

Daniel Giddens is ranked as the No. 3 center prospect in the Class of 2015 and has some of the nations elite college basketball programs courting him.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Giddens has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Texas, UCLA and Arizona with interest from North Carolina and others.

But Giddens said one of his "top schools" is the University of Louisville, which extended a scholarship offer last month.

"I've had a lot of schools call and check up on me," Giddens said. "I'm very blessed that Louisville took the time to come to one of my games and offer me.

"I'm excited they won the national championship and offered me."

Giddens, who played on the USA Basketball U16 team that won the FIBA Americas U16 Championship last weekend in Maldonado, Uruguay, said he's hearing from a lot of SEC and ACC schools. But Giddens did not that Louisville has been showing "a whole lot" of interest.

"Louisville will be near the top of the list for me," he said. "Louisville is an outstanding school, a great program and Rick Pitino is a great coach.

"I love watching them play and the style they play. They just won a championship, so that's special for me to have an offer from them."

Giddens is ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in the '14 class by, but noted he's using this offseason to get better.

"One thing I have been trying to improve is my motor and the USA Basketball thing helped that," Giddens said. "You have to keep your motor running 24-7. I've just been trying to play hard and get better."

Giddens comes from an athletic family.

He's the great grandson of Charles Patterson, Sr., who played basketball for the University of Oregon in 1935-36 and was the first black player in the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast Conference (Pac-12). Patterson, Sr., later played in the ABL and had a short stint with the Harlem Globetrotters.

His grandfather, Charles Jr., played for the Court Jesters, a entertainment basketball team. Harvey Giddens, the father, is in the Hall of Fame at Clark Atlanta University where he was a hoops star.

Giddens averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots a game as a sophomore in helping Wheeler to the semifinals of the Class 7-A state tournament.

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