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Daniel Giddens commits to Ohio State

7/7/2014

ESPN 100 center Daniel Giddens committed to Ohio State over finalists Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Wake Forest, giving the Buckeyes their fourth four-star recruit.

What does the nation's No. 55 player bring to Thad Matta's crew? Let's break it down:

Why he committed: Post players were a major need for Matta's roster and Giddens, a 6-foot-10 center, will help fill that void in a huge way. He gives the Buckeyes a true low-post presence, especially defensively, and is a rim-rattling finisher with great upside.

"Coach Matta is a very trustworthy person," Giddens said. "He was consistent in what he told me throughout the recruiting process. He told me what he wanted me to work on, and not only what I was already good at."

What he brings: Giddens is a tough, physical center that will be a rim protector on defense with his shot-blocking, a tenacious rebounder on both ends, and a powerful above-the-rim finisher.

"I will bring a level of toughness, physicality and a mindset to help our team have a chance to win a national championship."

Giddens competes and plays with great energy and urgency every possession. He has great upside, and as he continues to develop offensively expect him to be productive on both ends.

How he fits: Giddens will fit Matta's defense perfectly because of his ability to defend both post positions. He will be a force on the glass and will finish everything in and around the lane with his fast-developing scoring package. He will be a great option in the Buckeyes' spread offensive attack when he rolls to the rim and uses his mobility to keep opposing post players on the move. This will create advantages with angles and cuts to the rim, which will also lead to very difficult matchups.

"They want me to be their power forward and center," he said. "I will be able to block shots, run the floor and finish on the other end while working on my scoring within the system."

Who he reminds us of: Giddens reminds us of former Florida center Patric Young, and for Buckeyes fans he shows flashes of former power forward Perry Carter. Giddens will improve at a steady rate offensively once he gets individual instruction, so he has the potential to be better than Young and Carter offensively with continued development.

How the class is shaping up: The Buckeyes have been getting their work done early in the class of 2015, landing four ESPN 100 players including Giddens. Matta has done a great job filling the roster needs, starting with true point guard A.J. Harris, sharp-shooting wing/guard Austin Grandstaff, and versatile and skilled combination forward Mickey Mitchell.