COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State and Thad Matta received a commitment from 2015 five-star center Daniel Giddens on Friday afternoon. Giddens made the announcement on his 17th birthday, choosing the Buckeyes over Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Georgia.
Thad Matta Lands Commitment from Five-Star Center Daniel Giddens
By Tony Gerdeman
In a week where Urban Meyer landed a pair of five-star defenders, Matta went out and did something similar, as Giddens (6-10 235), due in part to his 7'2" wingspan, is a dynamic defensive presence on the inside.
Rated the #3 center in the nation per 247Sports, Giddens led his Wheeler (Marietta, Georgia) High School team to a state runner-up finish and 28-6 record this past season.
Last summer he was a member of the USA's Under-16 National team, and helped his team to a FIBA Americas championship. He averaged 6.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game during the tournament.
Prior to today's addition, the Buckeyes' 2015 recruiting class was already on its way to being one of the best in the nation. In fact, the class was ranked second in the nation by the 247Sports Composite even before the Giddens commitment.
Giddens now joins a 2015 class with point guard A.J. Harris, shooting guard Austin Grandstaff and small forward Mickey Mitchell.
Harris (5-9 160), out of Dayton Dunbar, is a dynamic ballhandler with supreme quickness. He is a tremendous distributor of the basketball and always looking to get teammates involved.
Grandstaff (6-5 185) is the #30 player overall in the class per Rivals and the #7 shooting guard in the nation per Scout. From Rockwall, Texas, he is a tremendous shooter and has already drawn comparisons to former Buckeye guard Jon Diebler.
Mitchell (6-7 210) was once a five-star prospect, but a knee injury cost him both games and his ranking. He is now back playing, and has added muscle, which has made his driving game even stronger. He is essentially a point forward, with power forward size and point guard ball handling.
There is still room for two more slots in the 2015 recruiting class, though Matta may choose to bank one of those spots to separate things a bit.
The most coveted prospect remaining on Ohio State's board is five-star power forward Carlton Bragg (6-8 205) out of Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joe's. The Buckeyes are not necessarily the team to beat here, as some believe he is leaning towards Kentucky.
The Buckeyes also have their eyes on Esa Ahmad (6-8 218), a four-star power forward out of Shaker Heights. Ahmad received an offer from Ohio State on May 1, and is looking to make his decision in August.
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