July 2, 2013

Giddens on Team USA, recruiting

Daniel Giddensis quickly evolving into a major recruiting target at a national level. TarHeelIllustrated.comspoke to the 2015 center about his recent USA basketball journey, his recruitment and the improvements that he has made over the past months.

" It was a great experience, playing for my country and competing against all of the great players," said Giddens about his recent Gold medal with the 16U team.

Giddens played alongside fellow elite players such as Diamond Stone, Jayson Tatum and Malik Newman.

"Playing with all of those guys was a great experience and one that I won't ever forget," he said.

An early five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Giddens has the frame and the athleticism that have college coaches across the nation coveting his signature.

The 6-10, 225-pounder has seen his recruitment pick up some steam over the past few months. He has picked up offers from Louisville and Arizona.

"Those were the most recent ones and that was really great to add them," he continued.

Giddens has seen a lot of action with ACC and SEC schools in regards to his recruitment. He considers NC State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Texas and UCLA as some of the more aggressive schools coming after him.

On the court, Giddens has a fantastic basketball frame and a high ceiling to work with. He's agile, plays hard and runs the floor well for a big man. Right now, he is best known for defense and rebounding. But he feels he has made strides in several areas of his game over the past year.

"I would say that I have put on some weight and gotten stronger. My offense is starting to come along more too," he added.

As a sophomore, the Wheeler HS star averaged 12.3 points, 10 rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

He is ranked as the 7th best prospect in the USA by Eric Bossi from Rivals.

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