UNC Eying Giddens

The first of the April evaluation periods is just days away and North Carolina will have a close eye on the 2015 class. One prospect the UNC coaches will assuredly be watching this month is Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler big man Daniel Giddens.

"UNC talks a lot to my dad," Giddens said. "I haven't talked to them directly yet. They said they are interested in me and are looking me as one of their prospects in 2015. That's an honor. When UNC looks at you, you always have to look at it because that's a top school."

Giddens, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center, said there was discussion of a possible Chapel Hill visit, but it didn't work out during the season.

"They talked to my dad about that," Giddens said. ‘We tried to go there this season but we never got a chance to because we traveled a lot with Wheeler. Any time I get a chance to visit I will."

Giddens said UNC's long-standing tradition and coaching staff are among the things he likes about their program.

"It's an excellent school with a traditional program and coaching," he said. "Coach Roy Williams has an excellent coaching staff. They bring pros every year. Going there definitely would help me get to the next level."

North Carolina watched Giddens back in December.

"Roy came to my first game at the Chi-Fil-A Classic in December," he said. "Seeing him was just an honor. I didn't see him until after the game and I was like ‘Wow I just played in front of Roy Williams.' It was an honor."

To go with interest from UNC, Giddens said Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina State, Maryland and UCLA are also involved in his recruitment.

On the court, Giddens is known for his rebounding and ability to protect the rim on the defensive end. Now he's looking to show some advancement on the offensive end.

"Coming off the high school season I'm working on my offensive game almost two hours every day in the gym," Giddens said. "I'm working on conditioning a lot. I want to show people that I'm more than a defensive player."

"When I was coming up, rebounding, running the floor and playing defense, those are the bigger things. Rebounding is definitely the biggest thing because a rebound equals a possession, which equals more points for my team."

Giddens is currently regarded as the No. 3 center and No. 7 overall prospect in the 2015 class by Scout.com

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