2016 four-star center prospect Dylan Painter verbally committed to Villanova on Wednesday, he told Scout.
"I thought that was the best place for me as a student, basketball player and person," Painter said. "The whole culture around the program I feel can really help me reach my full potential."
Painter, a standout at Hershey (Pa.) High, took an official visit to Villanova on August 25th and 26th. He picked the Wildcats over Xavier, Penn State, Rhode Island, George Washington, NC State and St. Joseph’s. To go wtih his trip to Villanova, he also took official visits to Xavier, Iowa and Penn State.
According to Painter, Jay Wright and the way he develops players factored into his decision making.
"He has been honest from the day he started recruiting me, which has been huge," Painter said about Wright. " He really believes in me and he has a great coaching mind. Also based on the past history he has a great track record of developing his players."
Villanova assistant coach Baker Dunleavy was the point man on Painter's recruitment.
Following his strong effort with Team Final in July, Painter moved from unranked up to No. 94 overall and No. 19 at the center position in the 2016 class.
At 6-foot-10, Painter is a tough, physical post player. How will he fit in at Villanova?
"I just want to do whatever the team wants me to do to win," he said.
Wright and Villanova now have a pair of pledges in their 2016 recruiting class. Painter joins five-star post player Omari Spellman to make up their current class.
With the pledge, Villanova moves up to No. 13 in the 2016 class rankings.