Daniel Giddens will transfer out of Ohio State after one season in Columbus.
This is a decision that is leaving many people flustered, but Giddens, a 6’10” 232 pound freshman from Mableton, Georgia by way of Wheeler High School and Oak Hill Academy is leaving Ohio State after his freshman season. Giddens chose to attend Ohio State over many schools that vied for his enrollment. Giddens has three seasons left of eligibility and will have to sit out a season, but coaches across the country are itching for Ohio State to grant Giddens his release and understand the terms of his release.
These are the stats that Daniel Giddens had in his first and only season as a Buckeye:
Giddens appears to be more ahead in his defensive skills than his offensive capabilities. His future development depends upon where he chooses to attend this Spring. Whether Mark Fox and Jonas Hayes wish to bring in the talented, but still raw Giddens into the program is unknown.
For the sake of comparison, the UGA posts that were signed in 2015:
Ogbeide is a superior scorer and rebounder, but Giddens is a better shot blocker.
Mike Edwards is a better rebounder than Giddens, but was a less active scorer and defender. Edwards was not as engaged in the UGA offense as Ogbeide or Giddens with Ohio State. Edwards is a different sort of a post player than Giddens, as Giddens is a more traditional Center.
Revisiting Giddens as a recruit, he was considered the #51 recruit in the country by Rivals and his decision to finish his High School tenure at Oak Hill Academy signaled that he was not going to stay in-state or even in the Southeast. Giddens’ choice of Ohio State came on July 4, 2014 as he chose Ohio State over Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Kansas and Indiana.
2015 Wheeler C Daniel Giddens (@DGOOD__) will make his decision Friday at 2pm between Arizona, Florida, UGA, Indiana, Kansas, & Ohio State
— NextUpRecruits.com (@NextUpRecruits) July 3, 2014
Next season, Daniel Giddens will be eligible to participate in offseason workouts, practice sessions and all team activities. He will not be able to play in the games that count though in the 2016-17 Season. Where Giddens lands will be important for him as he needs to be somewhere that enables him to evolve on and off the court before he makes his on-court debut in mid-November 2017.
Looking at what Giddens leaves behind at Ohio State:
Giddens was looking to overtake Trevor Thompson as Marc Loving already had a spot. Giddens had his opportunity to start this season and the team was 2-5 with him in the starting lineup. The most common starting lineup that the Buckeyes sported was JaQuan Lyle, Jae’Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop, Marc Loving and Trevor Thompson. Giddens would not only have to fight with Trevor Thompson for his starting spot, but would have also have to hold off Mickey Mitchell in the case that Matta wanted to go with a smaller look AND a pair of talented freshmen at Power Forward.
Another interesting note in the wake of Giddens’ transfer:
Columbus Dispatch reporting that A.J. Harris “likely to follow suit” in wake of Giddens’ decision to transfer. https://t.co/49iYmymt5X
— Grant Freking (@GrantFreking) March 29, 2016
Three student-athletes in a freshman class do not just transfer in one season out of the blue, something is not quite right in Columbus.