Ohio State men’s basketball went in to the 2015-16 season knowing it was going to have a transformative season. A key part to its future was supposed to be 4-star center Daniel Giddens.
However, the Buckeyes are apparently back to the drawing board up front as Giddens announced his intention to transfer from the program on Monday.
Ohio State freshman Daniel Giddens has requested his release and is expected to transfer, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/MQV0dUwTTh
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 28, 2016
This past season Giddens averaged 18.1 minutes, 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his only season at Ohio State.
Losing any big man is a blow, but one that was a Top 50 player and the No. 8-ranked center in the country after just one season — and not to the NBA — well, that is a massive hit to the depth and strength of any Big Ten program.
For its part, OSU will have a few nice frontcourt pieces coming in to the program for the 2016-17 season in 4-star center Derek Funderburk and 6-10 center Micah Porter, a 3-star recruit. It also will return starting center Trevor Thompson, but it appeared as though Giddens was on his way towards a bigger role in the future.
It was unclear the reason for the transfer request or the destinations Giddens is looking at.
The news got a bit worse later on, as according to another report on Monday night Ohio State is also set to have guard A.J. Harris leave the team. According to the report, this was not a surprise to the staff, as it was described as a “mutual” decision.
Harris averaged just 2.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while starting four of 35 games and playing 13.7 minutes per contest.