Giddens Named to USA Developmental Team; Adds Louisville, Arizona Offers

By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

SUWANEE, Ga.Daniel Giddens leaves Wednesday to join the USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., and he can’t wait to get started.

“I’m blessed to be a part of the program,” Giddens told SNY.tv at the Nike Memorial Invitational over the weekend. “I fly out on Wednesday to practice, and to be there for final cuts. It’s a great experience and I’m blessed to play with the best.”

A 6-foot-10 center out of Atlanta (Ga.) Wheeler, Giddens is hoping to make the 2013 USA U16 National Team, which will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship next month in Uruguay. If the U.S. qualifies, the team will also compete in the 2014 USA U17 World Championship.

Giddens also had a solid weekend in Suwanee, leading Game Elite with Jaylen Brown and Avery Patterson to the 17U championship before losing to Perry Dozier Jr.’s Upward Stars team in the final.

A five-star recruit and ranked seventh in the nation in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Giddens has been raking in the offers recently and lists Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA, Arizona, Georgia, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Texas and Maryland as schools who have extended a scholarship his way. Louisville and Arizona were the most recent additions.

“The schools that I have heard the most from are the hometown schools for the most part, Georgia, Georgia Tech,” he said. “I have seen a lot from Florida as well.”

Perhaps most importantly, Giddens feels like he has improved quite drastically  after attending the Adidas Nations Camp in Miami.

“Miami was my second Adidas Nations session, and I feel like I’ve learned more in that session than I have learned in a year,” Giddens said. “We’re training with all of the good pros, with Andre Drummond, as well as a host of other pro players. Learning from the best helps make you the best.”

Here is the 2013-14 USA Men’s Developmental National Team Roster

NO NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
YOG
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
57 Edrice Adebayo
F/C
6-8
225
07/18/97
2016
Northside H.S. Gatesville, NC
28 Lonzo Ball
G
6-4
165
10/27/97
2016
Chino Hills H.S. Chino Hills, CA
49 Tyus Battle
G
6-5
170
09/23/97
2016
Gill St. Bernard’s School Edison, NJ
58 Thomas Bryant
F
6-9
210
07/31/97
2015
Bishop Kearney H.S. Rochester,NY
44 Amir Coffey
G
6-6
150
06/17/97
2016
Hopkins H.S. New Hope, MN
45 Bryant Crawford
G
6-2
179
03/21/97
2015
Gonzaga College H.S. (DC) Kensington, MD
20 Eric Davis
G
6-3
161
05/26/97
2015
Arthur Hill H.S. Saginaw, MI
59 Henry Ellenson
F/C
6-9
250
01/13/97
2015
Rice Lake H.S. Rice Lake, WI
29 Terrance Ferguson
G
6-6
170
05/17/97
2016
Prime Prep Academy Flower Mound, TX
60 Daniel Giddens
F/C
6-10
225
07/04/97
2015
Wheeler H.S. Mableton, GA
61 Harry Giles
F
6-9
210
04/22/98
2016
Wesleyan Christian Academy Winston-Salem, NC
30 Quentin Goodin
G
6-2
175
09/03/97
2016
Taylor County H.S. Campbellsville, KY
36 Jessie Govan
F
6-9
255
07/25/97
2015
St. Mary’s High School Queens Village, NY
50 Mustapha Heron
G
6-4
190
12/12/97
2016
Wilbraham & Monson Academy West Haven, CT
51 Josh Jackson
G/F
6-6
175
02/10/97
2016
Consortium College Prep Southfield, MI
34 Derrick Jones
F
6-6
180
02/15/97
2015
Arch Bishop Carroll H.S. Marcus Hook, PA
52 V.J. King
G/F
6-6
175
01/22/97
2016
St. Vincent – St. Mary H.S. Akron, OH
53 Joshua Langford
G/F
6-5
198
01/15/97
2016
Madison Academy Huntsville, AL
54 T.J. Leaf
F
6-8
200
04/30/97
2016
Foothills Christian H.S. Lakeside, CA
46 Malik Monk
G
6-3
170
02/04/98
2016
East Poinsett County H.S. Lepanto, AR
47 Malik Newman
G
6-4
185
02/21/97
2015
Callaway H.S. Jackson, MS
23 Payton Pritchard
G
6-0
170
01/28/98
2016
West Linn HS West Linn, OR
62 Ivan Rabb
F
6-10
210
02/04/97
2015
Bishop O’Dowd H.S. Oakland, CA
24 Devearl Ramsey
F
5-10
170
05/17/97
2016
Sierra Canyon H.S. Los Angeles, CA
35 Kobi Simmons
G
6-4
170
07/04/97
2016
St. Francis H.S. Alpharetta, GA
63 Horace Spencer
F
6-9
200
01/31/97
2015
William Tennent H.S. Warminster, PA
66 Diamond Stone
F/C
6-10
254
02/10/97
2015
Dominican H.S. Milwaukee, WI
55 Jayson Tatum
G
6-7
175
03/03/98
2016
Chaminade College Prep St. Louis, MO
21 Derryck Thornton
G
6-2
160
05/30/97
2016
Findlay Prep (NV) Simi Valley, CA
48 D.J. Williams
F
6-7
186
03/20/97
2015
Simeon Career Academy Chicago, IL
22 Seventh Woods
G
6-2
170
08/07/98
2016
Hammond School Columbia, SC

 




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