Yesterday on the Fourth of July, Thad Matta and his basketball coaching staff reeled in the fourth verbal commitment for the 2015 class as Daniel Giddens pledged his allegiance to Buckeye Nation, which also happened to be his 17th birthday.
Giddens, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center/power forward from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., is rated a five-star recruit by 247Sports.com and is ranked the No. 3 center in the nation by that website.
As a 16-year old junior, Giddens averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots per game last season in helping Wheeler to a 28-5 overall record.
Giddens teammate at Wheeler, Jaylon Brown, also has an offer from Ohio State. Brown’s top six at this time appears to be Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Knasas and Ohio State.
Could the addition of Giddens sway the decision for Brown? We shall see. Brown, a 6-foot-7, 217-pound small forward, is also a five-star recruit by 247Sports and is the No. 2 prospect at any position in the country. Of course, five-star forward Carlton Bragg from Villa Angela-St. Joseph in Cleveland is also in play.
Along with Giddens, the class of 2015 stands at four with Austin Grandstaff, Mickey Mitchell and Amos “A.J.” Harris
Grandstaff, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard from Rockwell High School in Rockwell, Texas, is a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting websites. 247Sports.com lists Grandstaff as the No. 11 shooting guard in the nation as Scout.com tabs him at No. 7 at his position in the country.
As a junior, Grandstaff averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 74-of-213 (34.7%) from beyond the arc this past season to help Rockwall to an 18-12 overall mark and a second-place finish in 5A District 12 hoops. He was later named the district MVP.
Grandstaff originally committed to Oklahoma State last summer, but in February both he and his father, Wes Grandstaff, decided to reopen the recruiting process.
Along with Ohio State, Grandstaff also had offers from Alabama, Arizona, Creighton, Florida, Georgetown, Iowa State, Marquette, Maryland, UMass, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, UNLV, Virginia, Washington, Western Kentucky and Xavier.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward from Prestonwood Academy in Plano, Texas, is a four-star prospect by both Scout and 247Sports.com. Scout lists Mitchell as the 15th-best small forward in the nation, while 247Sports tabs him at No. 12.
Including Ohio State, Mitchell also had offers from Baylor, Florida, Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and USC for basketball. Several other schools were interested in Mitchell for football.
Harris, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound point guard from Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio, is a four-star prospect by the three main recruiting services and Scout.com currently lists Harris as the eighth-best PG in the nation for the class of 2015.
Along with Ohio State, Harris also had offers from Boston College, Xavier, Illinois State, Kent State, Akron and others.