Despite having not yet finished his junior year of high school, 6′-10″ center Daniel Giddens of Wheeler (GA) is ready to name six finalists in his recruitment.
A top-25 prospect in the 2015 class nationally, Giddens announced on Thursday that he’s narrowed his college list to the Arizona Wildcats, Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes.
A talented defender at this stage in his development, Giddens is still putting the pieces together on the offensive end. Playing in a strong program at Wheeler, Giddens has made an impact on the glass, as well as in blocking shots. He has all the tools to be an imposing defender and rim protector on the defensive end of the floor. He is most comfortable near the hoop on the offensive end, as is athletic enough to make plays off rebounds and in transition.
Assuming Giddens doesn’t make his decision early, Wheeler will be one of the hottest spots for high-major coaches to stake out next fall. Giddens plays alongside uber-athletic wing forward Jaylen Brown, another potential top-25 prospect nationally.
This spring and summer, Giddens is expected to play in the Nike EYBL with Florida-based Each 1 Teach 1. He finished the summer with that squad, after previously playing on the adidas-sponsored Game Elite team from Georgia.
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