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It just so happens that Independence Day doubles as the birthday of four-star center Daniel Giddens. He got the fireworks started early by announcing his decision to attend Ohio State.
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A product of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler who ranks No. 37 in the class of 2015 Rivals150, the 6-foot-10 big men chose his birthday to make official what had long been suspected when he used his Instagram account to announce he would play for the Buckeyes.
Giddens also confirmed the news with Rivals.com.
"I love Columbus and University," said Giddens. "Coach Matta is a coach that I'm going to give my all to."
One of the premier big men in the rising senior class, Giddens has made his mark over the years as a sturdy defensive presence. However, if his recent play is any indicator of things, labeling him as just a defensive guy may be selling him short.
After hitting what seemed to be a bit of a lull in his development, the center has come to life of late. At the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp, he played much more aggressively on the offensive end than ever before. He showed that he can make 12 to 15 foot turnaround jump shots, ran the floor hard and looked bouncier around the rim than he has been in the past.
Physically ready to step in and compete in the rugged Big Ten conference, Giddens should provide a nice piece in the middle for Thad Matta and his staff as they continue to put together a very nice 2015 recruiting effort.
Giddens joins a class that already featured three members of the 2015 Rivals150. Shooting guard Austin Grandstaff from Texas ranks No. 30 overall and is one of the nation's deadliest shooters while fellow Texan Mickey Mitchell ranks No. 67 overall and is a hybrid four-star forward who can create off the dribble and has college ready strength. Rounding out the class is Ohio bred point guard A.J. Harris. Ranked No. 115 nationally, Harris is a tough as nails floor general who can stick a deep jumper and provides vocal leadership.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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