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Thursday / May 25.
  • Giddens Named to USA Developmental Team; Adds Louisville, Arizona Offers

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    By JACK LeGWIN

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    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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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.