Painter, a 6-foot-9 power forward, had been down to three schools but trimmed his list up to a pair when Allan Chaney transferred to Virginia Tech. "I think it came down to N.C. State and Maryland and he liked both places a lot," Hargrave head coach Kevin Keatts told Scout.com. "With N.C. State he feels he's got a chance to play right away and there's a certain comfort level that he has with those guys."
"You're getting a guy that can come in and play right away. He's an athletic kid that can step out and knock down the open shot. He's going to bring a little bit of inside-outside to N.C. State they can use.
Painter originally committed and signed with the Florida Gators. Once he was released from his commitment last month his recruitment quickly escalated. He's a native of the Tidewater area.