Today will certainly be one Fourth of July Thad Matta, Jeff Boals, Dave Dickerson and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff will remember for some time.
Earlier this afternoon, the basketball Bucks added a verbal commitment from one of the most sought after big men in the entire class of 2015 when four-star center Daniel Giddens of Wheeler High School In Marietta, GA announced he will suit up for the Buckeyes, over opportunities to play for many of the powerhouse programs in college hoops. ESPN's Reggie Rankin first reported the news. Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, and Georgia were just a few of the many schools that recruited the 6'10, 235-pound Giddens.
A very active big man on both ends of the court, Daniel averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks a game as a junior for Wheeler. On the EYBL circuit, he averaged nearly seven points, seven rebounds, and three blocks a contest, while playing alongside many future college standouts who suit up for the talented Each 1 Teach 1 club.
Giddens now joins Dayton Dunbar point guard AJ Harris, and Texas sharpshooters Mickey Mitchell and Austin Grandstaff as class of 2015 prospects that have given Matta and the Buckeyes a verbal pledge. The Buckeyes still have two additional scholarships on the table, but it's possible they save one (or both) for the 2016 class.
The Land-Grant Holy Land recruiting team will have much more on both Daniel Giddens, and his commitment to Ohio State in the coming days. If you haven't already, get a peak into what Giddens will bring to the Buckeyes on the court, with these highlights: