Kaufman's hails from Berlin's Hiland High School in the heart of Ohio's Amish country. Hiland is a Division IV school (state's smallest division), but that has not stopped him from being noticed by NCAA Division I programs.
In one AAU tournament in Cincinnati, coaches at one of Kaufman's games included Miami-OH assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer, Indiana head coach Tom Crean, an assistant from North Carolina, as well as the head coaches of Akron and Ohio.
Kaufman told RedHawk Insider than he has received offers from the Miami RedHawks and Akron. Kaufman said Ohio State and Butler have shown strong interest. He has also received mail from Wright State and non-DI Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
The sophomore-to-be has visited Miami, Ohio State, Akron, and Butler.
Kaufman said of his Miami visit, "It went well. I like the coaching staff and the academics at the school. It is next to Ivy League which is pretty good. And it had a pretty good program it looked like." Of the Miami coaches, Kaufman said, "They are a great bunch of guys. Fun to joke around with, but yet they can still be serious. It was a fun atmosphere."
As for his visits to Ohio State and Akron, Kaufman said, "I like both of those. Their nice. Nice facilities and good coaching."
Butler's head coach made a positive impression. "It went well. I like Brad Stevens. He is a great coach. He's a really good guy."
College is still a long way off. For now, Kaufman has his sight on a state title. He said, "We lost last year in the regional semifinals to Lutheran East. We should have won that game. We have a pretty good year for making the finals, but haven't won yet. That is yet to come!"
Kaufman said he likes to drive to the hole. He is also a decent jump shooter. "I am pretty good at shooting," said Kaufman, "I used to not be so good at shooting."
Kaufman is working on improving his three point shooting further and the use of his left hand.
Kaufman is not just a basketball player. He is also the varsity goalie for Hiland.
Until soccer season starts, Kaufman has been playing a lot of golf this summer as well playing video games.
Stay tuned with RedHawk Insider as we follow Dylan Kaufman.