No Rush For Dastrup

Mesa (AZ) Mountain View big man Payton Dastrup was able to showcase his skill level at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but he also admits he was there to learn and play against the best.

Mesa (AZ) Mountain View big man Payton Dastrup was able to showcase his skill level at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but he also admits he was there to learn and play against the best.

"The knowlege of the pros was big," said Dastrup. "You have to accept and be willing to take their constructive criticism.

"On the court, there were some guys that play on the EYBL so I knew some of them, but there were other guys from Adidas and Under Armour that I don't play against as much. That was fun and challenging, playing against other top players that aren't from EYBL."

At 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, Dastrup has the size to play the center position in college but the skillset of a face-up forward. He already holds offers from over 20 programs, but believes some already think he knows where he is going to go.

"People kind of assue that I'm automatically going to go to BYU because I'm Mormon," said Dastrup. "But, it doesn't really frustrate me. I'm not looking to prove anybody wrong about BYU, but at the same time I'm going to make the best decision for me."

One of the first schools to offer Dastrup was NC State. The Wolfpack extended an offer following an earlier EYBL session.

"Coach Gottfried and coach Early offered me in April," he stated. "They came right out to see me and they were actually in the gym when I dislocated my ankle. They definitely seemed concerned about me."

What does Dastrup know about the Wolfpack?

"I know they're super interested in me," he said. "That ofense really fits my game. I like the way they use their big men, guys like C.J. Leslie."

As with most Top 100 prospects, Dastrup claims no leaders. He hopes to make a decision later this fall following his official visits.

"I want to make a decision in the fall before my high school season starts," he said. "I'm going to take my officials in August or September."

Dastrup is rated the No. 14 center in the 2014 class by Scout.com and the No. 84 overall prospect.


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