Virginia and Virginia Tech do not have to look far for one of the top class of 2009 basketball recruits in the country. 6-8 power forward DeShawn Painter, a junior out of Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, is rated a 5-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com and claims scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best men’s basketball programs.
“I’ve got offers from everywhere – North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State, Florida. U-Conn is recruiting me. Oklahoma is recruiting me. Maryland has offered,” Painter said.
While the recruiting process is overwhelming for some at this stage, it is not the case with Painter. The talented Tidewater standout is keeping the recruiting process at arms length, choosing instead to concentrate on his team and improving his skills out on the basketball court.
“I’m still young. I’m not ready for that yet,” Painter said of making a college choice. “My coach just said to not get caught up in it. I’m just trying not to get caught up with everything. I’m just trying to keep learning the game and keep getting better.”
Though he has impressive offers, Painter is not naming any favorites at this time.
“I’m still open right now. I don’t even know what I want to do right now,” Painter said. “Basically, I’m just trying to focus on my game. I do watch college basketball on TV to see if I fit into a team’s system, but that’s about it right now.”
Asked if he will consider in-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech, Painter, whose cousin is top Virginia Tech football recruit Vinston Painter, answered, “Yeah.”
Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg was among the coaches on hand for this past Saturday’s Slam Fest, which featured four high school basketball games. The third game pitted Booker T. against Benedictine, which is led by top senior forward and UNC recruit Ed Davis. Painter had a tough night, scoring only 10 points and grabbing down five rebounds in a 69-51 loss to the Cadets.
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