Painter Nearing a Decision

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy standout Deshawn Painter has now taken three official visits over the past few weeks and is closing in on making a decision.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy standout Deshawn Painter has now taken three official visits over the past few weeks and is closing in on making a decision.

"I've been to Virginia Tech, NC State, and Maryland," said Painter. "I went to NC State last weekend, and I just got back from Maryland.

"All of my visits were good. The schools all had good players, coaches, and say I can go in and play right away. It's going to be a tough decision."

Painter elaborated on his visit to Raleigh.

"My visit to NC State went really good," he stated. "They have good coaches and real good people. I liked the players and how laid back it is down there. Obviously they have great facilities with the RBC Center. It's real big and nice... they share it with a pro hockey team.

"I also like coach Sidney Lowe a lot. He impressed me. He is a good guy and was telling me how much they want me to go there. He's really straightforward and up front with you."

Fresh off his visit to Maryland, Painter was also impressed with the Terps.

"There was a lot to do at Maryland," he said. "I had a lot of fun there. They have a great campus with the Comcast Center.

"Coach Gary Williams surprised me. People say he's not really a great recruiter, but he talked about how I could develop under him and how they would use me. I liked him too."

With no more visits scheduled, Painter is closing in on decision time.

"I'm not sure yet when I will make a decision," he said. "I graduate on May 17th and I don't think it's going to be before that because I want to go home and talk with my family.

"I don't have any leaders. All of my visits were good. Every campus is going to be good when you visit and they all will be fun. It's just more about how much I can play and the style of play. All of the schools said I fit in well in their system... now I need to sit down and look at it."

Painter stated playing time will be a factor in his decision.

"I want to go in and have a chance to play," he stated. "I'm not sure yet which school I can play the most at, but I'm going to look at all of that with my family.

"I know Maryland has [James] Padgett and another dude coming in. NC State has two bigs coming in, and I know they need me bad. Like I said, I just have to sit down and look at it with my family."

Painter maintains that he'll be a member of the 2009 class.

Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Painter has a chance to impact as a true freshman. He is currently rated the No. 20 power forward in the country and the No. 69 player overall in the 2009 class by Scout.com.

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