Dastrup highly impressed on visit

2014 Mesa Mountain View center Payton Dastrup took an unofficial visit to Arizona on Thursday and received an offer as well. Read on to see what his family thinks of the offer, where Arizona now stands, and more.

Arizona hosted 2014 Mesa Mountain View center Payton Dastrup and his father David on an unofficial visit on Thursday and both came away extremely impressed.

"It was awesome," David said. "We liked the coaching staff and the vision that Coach Miller has of where the program is and where he wants to take it, building around the legacy that Coach Lute Olson established years ago.

"I got a sense that they are very stable in their vision and committed to building Arizona basketball, which is really important. They were very upfront and honest on where they stand with Payton. We were greatly impressed with the way they have things set up for how they prepare kids even for the next level so not only can they excel while at Arizona, but they also have a launching pad beyond college if that is the desire of the player."

The biggest question going into the visit was whether or not the 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward would get an Arizona offer while on the visit and he did just that.

"They offered on the trip, which was not something we saw coming," David said. "We talked with different schools and some told us that if they liked what they saw they would offer, but others told us that since the beginning of the recruiting process starts June 15, they told us we would hear from them then.

"I was excited and honored to know that they feel so strongly about Payton that they wanted to extend a scholarship offer to him at this point in time. We are excited and feel comfortable in beginning the evaluation process of how the University of Arizona is interested in Payton and what he wants to accomplish."

As far as a timetable goes, David says that a lot more will be known at the end of this summer.

"There really isn't a specific timetable," he said. "Payton has made the decision that he wants to build some relationships and we realize that may take some time. I think that realistically we would go through the July open period and play the AAU circuit and probably at the end of the summer and beginning of school year be able to evaluate whether or not there are some better programs and maybe start to whittle it down."

The three schools thought to be involved the strongest are Arizona, Arizona State, and BYU, all three of which David broke down.

"I think they are definitely a leader in the recruitment," he said of Arizona. "We have also had a lot of conversations with Coach Sendek at ASU and I don't know if they are an identified leader. I think they bring a lot of different parts to the table, but I don't think you can necessarily compare the legacies of the program at Arizona State to Arizona.

"The fact that we are LDS, I think there has been some interest with BYU and they have expressed that they are interested, but they want to be able to evaluate them further in July and we understand that is part of the recruiting process."

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