With recent departures of underclass big men Earl Clark and Derrick Caracter, plus graduations of key players David Padgett and Juan Palacios, Louisville has already made known their desire to add Painter to their Class of 2009, which includes forward Rakeem Buckles and shooting guard Mike Marra.
"I've got to say Louisville and Florida are recruiting the hardest," Painter told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "All of them are recruiting me but Louisville and Florida are trying to get a commitment.
"Louisville has been there since day one. Virginia, too, and they are recruiting me real hard. Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida and Louisville are coming after me the hardest. Clemson is coming hard and so is Kentucky."
Besides Seattle, Washington point guard Peyton Siva, Painter appears to be one of the Cardinals top prospects in the junior class.
"[Louisville] tells me how much they want me and how I can fit in their program and help them win," Painter said. "Florida is the same way. They say I have a lot of energy and they like guys like that that are winners."
Painter had a lackluster junior season and blamed some "personal problems" for his performance. Painter, though, seems to have all that behind him. He'll transfer to Hargrave Military Academy next season and led his AAU team to the Boo Williams Tournament title over the weekend.
"I thought that I played good and had a solid weekend," said Painter. "On a scale of ten I was probably a seven and a half of eight. I rebounded, hustled and just worked hard. I was just having fun out there and working."
What did it mean to Painter to kick off the AAU season with a tournament championship?
We got it started off on a good note. It feels good to get started on a good note," said Painter. "This is our tournament and we supposed to win it. It was one of those things where you do what you're supposed to do."
Besides Louisville, Florida and Virginia, Clemson, NC State, Maryland and Kentucky are also involved with Painter. Louisville, Florida, Virginia, Clemson, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Ohio State have offered scholarships.
"When I get some time in the summer I'm going to try and take some visits," said Painter.