Former Ohio State center Daniel Giddens will transfer to Alabama.
Former Ohio State big man Daniel Giddens will be transferring to Alabama to play for head coach Avery Johnson. Giddens announced the news on Tuesday, thanking Ohio State in the process.
The 6-foot-10, 230 pound center is a great pickup for the Tide. He was considered one of the top transfers available on the market and will play a big role with Alabama. His commitment comes after an official visit to Tuscaloosa last Saturday, picking the Tide over the likes of Georgia and other notable programs.
Coming out of high school from the powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, Giddens was a 4-star recruit, the No. 16 center in the 2015 class, and the No. 57 overall recruit.
At Ohio State, Giddens averaged 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. He played in 33 games last season and started in seven of those contests.
Though the numbers are relatively unimpressive, potential and size are what made Giddens such a hot commodity on the transfer market. He’s a true center that brings a physical presence in the paint with his excellent shot-blocking and rebounding abilities. Suffice to say, the ceiling is very high.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Giddens will have to sit out the 2016-17 season. This will be a perfect opportunity for him to refine his offensive game and prove why he was such a highly-ranked recruit coming out of high school. If Alabama can improve his scoring abilities to match that of his defensive presence, Giddens will be a star with the Tide.
It is believed that the reasoning behind Giddens’ decision to transfer was that he wanted to be closer to home in his native town of Mableton, GA.
Giddens is the second transfer to depart from the Buckeyes this offseason, as head coach Thad Matta also lost out on guard Austin Grandstaff.
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