Giddens is a major win for Matta
Ever since arriving in Columbus as the boss at Ohio State, Thad Matta has been a beast on the recruiting trail. Numerous times Matta has pulled in top 5 classes, and his recruiting classes have seemingly been a fixture in the top 20, however recently the Buckeyes have struggled to recruit the center position. That is why securing the pledge of four-star Daniel Giddens was so important. Ohio State last landed a top 100 ranked center in the class of 2011 when they nabbed Amir Williams in a big recruiting win over Florida. While Williams hasn't quite lived up to some lofty expectations his first three years on campus, he was clearly the best option for the Buckeyes on the low block the last two seasons. Now Williams is a senior, and that left an opening for playing time on the low block. If Ohio State had their way, it wouldn't be the case. They have gone hard after players like Tony Parker (UCLA), Myles Turner (Texas), Kyle Washington (NC State), DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse), and A.J. Hammons (Purdue) in recent seasons but weren't able to land any of them. The only high school commitment to pick the Buckeyes at the position since Williams was 2014 lightly regarded center Dave Bell. With that Ohio State knew 2015 had to be a recruiting cycle where things would change. They took a transfer in Trevor Thompson who will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2015-16 season, and were also set on landing a highly touted high school prospect. Starting in about January it became clear that Giddens was the most likely option for the Buckeyes. Ohio State seemed to take the lead in his recruitment during the season, and then it almost became a stranglehold advantage as the spring arrived. Now Giddens is officially a member of the 2015 class for the Buckeyes, and he should fill a major need. While Thompson had a solid freshman season at Virginia Tech, he lacks bulk and is more of a finesse type center. Giddens is a physical specimen who rebounds, blocks shots, and can also really run the floor. Beyond that Giddens is an excellent outlet passer who plays hard at all times. While Giddens isn't a great scorer by any stretch, Ohio State is loaded with guys who can put the ball in the basket. Whether it is 2015 classmate Austin Grandstaff who is a big time shooter, arguably the top scorer in the 2014 class in D'Angelo Russell, or talented and athletic wings Keita Bates-Diop and Jae'sean Tate, the Buckeyes should have firepower surrounding Giddens that will allow him to develop at his pace and not be asked to do things he isn't comfortable doing. With that Giddens' defensive presence and rebounding should help the Buckeyes a lot, and potentially give them the type of presence that they have been missing on the low block for several years.
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