Deshawn Painter likes Louisville

Deshawn Painter,'s fourth-ranked power forward in the Class of 2009, is wide open with his recruitment. The versatile 6-foot-9 Painter has a bunch of big-time offers and lists Louisville among his early favorites.

Deshawn Painter is one of the top juniors in the nation, and the 6-foot-9 Norfolk, VA native has at least six big-time offers to prove it.

An inside-out talent, the versatile Painter showed off his perimeter skills – knocking down jump shot after jump shot - to open the Lebron James Skills Academy Saturday afternoon, then took his game inside during the night game and flourished there, too.

"I'm just working on blocking shots, rebounding – my all-around game. Shooting, facing up, hook, drop-step– everything," Painter said. "I want to play inside-out and get better. I'm trying to work on my whole game and get better."

That could be bad news for his opponents, though the college coaches that have made him a 2009 recruiting priority are probably glad to hear it.

"Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Maryland," Painter said were the schools recruiting him the hardest.

There's been some speculation that Virginia has taken the lead in Painter's recruitment, but he said that's not the case.

"I don't have any favorites," said Painter,'s fourth-rated power forward. "It's a little too early. Virginia was the first school that started recruiting me," Painter said. "That's why I look at Virginia, but I don't have any favorites."

As for Louisville, Painter said he's interested in the Cardinals and likes their style of play.

"Louisville is cool," said Painter. "I think I could fit there. It's a pretty good school."

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