Virginia Tech’s football program had the spotlight this weekend, but its men’s basketball program had a big weekend as well. Head coach Seth Greenberg and company hosted Hargrave Military Academy power forward DeShawn Painter , a 6-9, 210-pound prospect, on an official visit.
One of the top remaining prospects in the 2009 class, Painter is rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com and a 3-star by Rivals.com. He opened up his recruitment this spring after previously signing with the University of Florida. Virginia Tech, a program Painter considered heavily before originally committing to Florida, had its opportunity to impress.
“I thought Virginia Tech was a good school… a real good school,” Painter said. “I knew that before, but I had only been on an unofficial visit. Virginia Tech is a great school. It was more city-like than I thought it was going to be. They have good people around. I’ve got family there. It was nice.”
He added, “For the most part, it was better than I expected. I’m not trying to make any decisions right now. I’m just exploring options. I’ll sit down at the end of this and figure out which place is best for me.”
Painter gave his impressions of Virginia Tech players and coaches.
“I was around Delaney and Dorenzo and Hank and Terrell and those guys. They are real good guys,” Painter said. “They showed me a good time. They are high energy guys. They have a lot of energy. I just hung out and met a lot of people.
“Coach Greenberg is a good guy. He is a high energy guy. I think I could fit in well in his system. I have good relationships with all the assistant coaches.”
Painter has no timetable for when he might make a decision. There is a chance he may not sign a letter of intent before May 20th, which is the end of Division 1 basketball’s Spring Signing Period.
“I don’t really know when I’ll decide,” Painter said. “I’ll probably take a couple more visits and decide from there. I know I’m going to go to N.C. State and Maryland and maybe Marquette. I know N.C. State...
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