Lawson/Oladipo: Dylan Painter

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — High-major programs seeking a talented frontcourt prospect may have found their salvation in Dylan Painter. The Pennsylvania big man emerged as a force for Team Final at last week’s Peach Jam, and he’s primed to close his summer on the same high note.

Dylan Painter’s summer hardly could have started better. A 6-10, 215-pound forward/center from Hershey (Pa.), Painter opened eyes up and down the sidelines at last week’s Peach Jam.

He enjoyed an opportunity he may not ordinarily receive, and he directed his focus at maximizing his benefit from the competition and exposure.

”First of all, Tony Carr was out, so everyone on the team’s role expanded and I knew I had to go out there and perform well for my team to win,” Painter told Scout. “That was a big thing. He’s probably our best player and our point guard, so with him out everyone had to step up.”

Painter certainly held up his end of he bargain. He raised his scoring production and efficiency, showcasing strength, mobility, good hands and crisp passing ability from the post. While not an explosive athlete, he’s plenty mobile and at 6-10 possesses the size to play power forward or center in college.

The challenge now is to add dimensions and tweak the aspects of his game that he believes require improvement.

”I’m trying to improve on overall toughness on the boards,” Painter said, “finishing through contact and all that kind of stuff.”

His recruitment has begun to flourish as well. Painter entered July with offers from programs such as Penn State, DePaul and Xavier, and he has added to that list within the past 72 hours.

”I just picked up offers from Pitt, Clemson and NC State in the past two days,” he said, “and I have interest from Marquette.”

Those new offers didn’t surprise any of us who watched him at the Peach Jam, and look for additional opportunities to surface as more coaches watch him here in Maryland the next few days.

Speaking of the Wolfpack, Mark Gottfried and his assistants have been aiming for a smaller class and particularly focused on elites Dennis Smith, Edrice Adebayo and Markelle Fultz, so their offer reflects a desire to become more expansive as the summer progresses.

”I talked to Coach Gottfried, he said they’re going to call me at a later date after everything slows down to really explain it in more detail,” Painter said. “He said they like how I’m versatile and they like to let their forwards step out and shoot.”

Clemson also has worked very hard to build on a 2014-15 season that showed promise, as the Tigers now hope to raise their offense to the level of their defense.

”I talked to Coach Brownell as well,” Painter said. “The assistants really liked me and watched me all spring, and Coach Brownell just needed to see me once and then they made the offer. They also like my versatility and Clemson is a really nice college town.”

Painter also mentioned his mainstays who clearly will not allow themselves to be shoved out of the way.

”Xavier, Penn State, Iowa, St. Joe’s, George Washington and a couple other ones stick out.”

Painter remains open and intends to narrow his list at a later date.

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