Giddens Working Toward Goals

AIKEN, S.C. --- Daniel Giddens makes no claims to being a finished product. His development started from scratch and he continues to work his way forward.

That's not to say that the 6-10, 225-pound class of 2015 prospect from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler isn't an impactful player right now. After all, he was named to the USA U16 National Team this year, where he made his mark on the boards and the defensive end for the gold-winning squad.

At the Peach State Showcase last week, he showed himself to be an athletic shotblocker.

"It's anticipation, waiting for the ball, imagining it before it goes into the air," he said after another night of patrolling the paint. "Looking at the guards, staying on the help line and reading the offense."

But that, like everything else, didn't come naturally at first to Giddens.

"I had to work hard on it," he said. "I came from nothing in this game and I'm still trying to become something. A lot of hard work led to shotblocking."

Many colleges in his region and beyond respect that work ethic and see the potential.

"Most SEC schools, ACC schools – a host of them (have offered)," said the rising junior. "I don't want to say them all because I may forget one or two."

So when June 15 rolled around, who called?

"Everybody," Giddens said, laughing. "It was a blessing. When you have a coach like Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan … universities you see on TV, it's really a dream come true.

North Carolina watched Giddens last winter and during both evaluation periods on the circuit this year, including multiple viewings at the Peach State Showcase.

"We're starting to build a relationship," he said of the interest from UNC. "My dad talked to Hubert Davis extensively when I was at work one day. They had a real good conversation.

"I've talked to Coach Hubert once or twice and we're texting. I like UNC, it's a nice school."

In the meantime, as the college interest continues to pour in, Giddens is going to keep working.

"I don't have time to let anything go to my head because the second someone hears about my success they're going to come for it."

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