Heavy Interest For Dastrup

Payton Dastrup, one of the more talented posts in the west for 2014, has a wide variety of programs from across the country recruiting him....

Payton Dastrup, 6-8 JR C Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View, is the top big man in the west for 2014. A versatile post with the ability to play both inside and on the perimeter, Dastrup is a good shooter to 17-19 feet. He's got very good hands and feet, with solid fundamentals and a very good feel for the game.

I spoke with Dastrup recently and he gave me a list of schools that have been recruiting him.

"Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Virginia and BYU have offered," said Dastrup. "Some other schools that have been recruiting me, but haven't offered yet, are Cal, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Kansas, Ohio State, Tulsa and Memphis."

I asked Dastrup what he's looking for in a school.

"I want to go someplace that has really good competition, with a good league, where I'll play tough teams twice a year," said Dastrup. "I've always tried to challenge myself, whether it's playing the 16s when I was 15, or the 17s when I was 16, and so I want to face tough competition. I'd like to go someplace where I can contribute as a freshman, whether it's as a starter or coming off the bench. As far as the location, of course people always talk about wanting to play in front of family and the community that they grew up in. But going away to school can also allow you to experience different scenarios where you have to figure things out without your parents there. So there are two different ways of looking at it and I'm pretty even right now as far as staying close or going away."

Dastrup has visited local school ASU and Arizona, as well as Stanford last summer for an elite camp. I asked him if he has any other unofficial visits planned.

"I'm looking at possibly going to Florida this coming weekend for their game against Arkansas," said Dastrup. "And on the 28th I'm possibly going to Virginia for their game against Duke. Those are both tentative right now."

I asked Dastrup if he has a time frame for when he'd like to make his decision.

"I'm not sure about the timing right now," said Dastrup. "I could see doing it early before my senior year so I can get it out of the way and focus on that season. But I could also see playing through my senior year and seeing what happens. You never know what might happen and I possibly wait to see what schools are there for me."

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