Painter now has significant interest from George Mason, Penn State, Xavier, Iowa, Villanova, Northwestern, and others. Most recently Painter made a weekend official visit to Iowa, and he came away impressed with what he saw. “I really liked the coaching staff,” said Painter of the Hawkeyes. “They all seem like really honest guys who are hard workers and down to earth. Also the facilities were absolutely amazing. I think their arena holds like 15,500 people and they sell it out a lot of games so that was really cool. Also the practice facility and the weight room were really cool.” He continued about the visit, “I think I fit in like a glove at Iowa. They said they would use me in a bunch of different positions. They talked about using me like they use Adam Woodbury at the five where I can play down low if I am guarded by a smaller guy or go outside if I have a bigger guy.” Previous to Iowa, Painter made an official visit to Xavier, a trip he also liked. “Xavier was also really cool,” said Painter. “It was a lot different than Iowa because Iowa is a bigger school and in more of a college town whereas Xavier is a smaller school and right near the city. They are a lot different, but I liked them both.” He went on about Xavier, “Xavier is a school that their style really fits me. They think I can be like Matt Stainbrook, except I am more mobile so I could play outside more.” Painter says he won’t make another visit before August after he finishes on the AAU circuit with Team Final. When asked what he will bring to a school on the court, Painter said, “I think I am a very tough player who can bang down low, grab rebounds, and block shots like a traditional big. Also I think I have some decent back to the basket moves, but that is also something I need to work on.” He continued, “Against these bigger guys that I face in the EYBL I am not really used to it. My high school team doesn’t really face anybody taller than 6-foot-6, so that has been an adjustment. Also I think I am a good passer and can make some shots from the outside as well.”
Painter talks official visits
One of the breakout players in the country this spring was Dylan Painter. Running with Team Final in the EYBL, Painter emerged and began to pick up numerous offers, and recently made a pair of official visits. About his spring emergence, Painter said, “The spring was a big time for me. It was the first time that I ever played on a real well known AAU team. The first few years of my high school career I was under the radar, so I guess you could say this spring allowed me to burst onto the scene.”
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