Team Final (PA) 6’ 10” PF Dylan Painter picked up 20 offers this summer on the Nike EYBL circuit and yesterday he narrowed his list to 7 teams. Painter who had 30 offers in total cut his list to Penn State, Villanova, North Carolina State, George Washington, Xavier, St. Joseph’s, and Rhode Island.
Penn State has strong ties to the Team Final (PA) program with commitments from Painter’s AAU teammates Nazeer Bostick and Tony Carr already in the class of 2016. Painter told me “Penn State was my first high major offer and a lot of my high school friends to there. They are definitely trying to build a good program there with Tony Carr committing there yesterday that is big.” Penn State campus is just under a 2-hour drive from Hershey, PA where Painter lives and has to be a heavy favorite for the 6’ 10” big man.
Villanova is another team just under two hours away from Painter’s hometown. The Wildcats offered Painter the morning he cut his list to 7 and have a real chance with the Central Pennsylvania product. Talking about the Wildcats he said, “Villanova is a team I have always wanted to play for growing up. I always watched them on TV and they go to the NCAA Tournament every year. They are a team that would give me a chance to compete for a National Championship possibly.”
Rhode Island was a team that Painter found intriguing because of the prestige of the Hurley name in basketball and how he really respected coach Dan Hurley. “I really respect the Hurley family, his brother is coaching at Arizona State now and his dad is one of the best coaches in basketball regardless of what level.” he said. Dan Hurley’s dad is legendary coach Bob Hurley Sr has over 1,000 wins at St. Anthony’s (NJ) and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2010.
North Carolina State was a team that didn’t seem to be at the top of the list yet but playing in the state of North Carolina and playing in the ACC was intriguing for him. “I don’t know too much about North Carolina State honestly but I do know that they have a reputation for making the NCAA tournament and have gotten into the sweet 16 a lot. The prestige of the state of North Carolina is intriguing with teams like North Carolina and Duke. The ACC is a really tough conference, the competition is great.”
George Washington was a team that was in contact with Painter from the early stages and was the first school to extend an offer to the big man. “George Washington was the first school to offer me and they have been there since the beginning of my recruiting. I really like their vision for me; they have me as a big part of their team from day one, playing an inside-outside type of game.”
St Joseph’s is another team from his home state of PA that made the cut for the top 7 because of his respect for Phil Martelli. “St. Joseph’s is another team that has been there since day one and I have a lot of respect for Coach Martelli. Martelli really takes the time to know your game inside and out and he has been at St. Joseph’s for a long time. “
Xavier is the only team in his top 7 that he took an official visit to and making the NCAA tournament consistently was a big selling point for Painter. “Xavier makes the NCAA tournament almost every year and they have a winning program their that is really respected. I want to be at a school where I can play in the NCAA Tournament and have a competitive team.”
Painter’s recruitment blew up this summer and he had high praise for the Nike EYBL circuit saying “Playing with Team Final this summer benefitted me a lot. The most high-major coaches I played in front of before this summer was maybe five, but this summer every high major coach was at the events. The exposure was huge for me.” Before the summer started Painter had just 10 offers but throughout the AAU season his total grew to 30 before he cutting it on Monday. Painter said he will look to make his decision before the first day of the signing period which he mentioned was November 11th.
Painter said his biggest strengths are his toughness and ability to compete on every play. “My biggest strengths are my toughness and ability to compete. I also have a high basketball IQ which is really important, I set the right screens and try to play smart.” When asked what he needed to work on before heading off to college he said, “I need to improve my mobility side to side, I need to sure up my shot and make sure I hit it with more consistency, and my overall athleticism.” Painter has a nice jumper that he can hit from 3 occasionally but if he can make it with consistency he will be a tough matchup at the next level.
Dylan Painter still has unfinished business in high school before he heads off to college however saying he wants to make it to 1,000 points for his high school career, win the Keystone division for Hershey, and make playoffs for his school. “We lost like 9 seniors last year so its going to be tough but I want to make districts again, win our division, and make it to the district quarterfinals so that we can play at the Giant Center.” Hershey will rely heavily on Painter down low to compete in a very talented Keystone division, but expect a big senior season from the 6’ 10” 225 pound Power Forward from Central Pennsylvania.