An ankle injury cut short Dylan Painter’s spring AAU run. The Hershey (PA) High face-up four man missed the final EYBL session played a few weeks ago in Minnesota.
Painter said he’s healed the injury and ready for the July evaluation period with Team Final, which qualified for the Peach Jam. First, he’s scheduled to visit four colleges this month.
The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Painter said he will unofficially visit George Mason (June 9) and Villanova (June 11) and then take officials to Xavier (June 20-21) and Iowa (27-28).
"I’m really excited to check out some of these places. I’ve heard so many great things about each of them. I’ll take some more (visits) to other schools I like after July but I’m excited to get these ones in soon," he said.
As a junior in 2014-15, Painter averaged 17.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks a game while netting 16 three-pointers. For a loaded Team Final squad, he averaged 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 12 games this spring.
Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery liked what he saw from Painter during the EYBL Virginia session in early April. May 1st, the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship.
"It’s great," Painter said of his relationship with Iowa. "They are painting a clear picture of what they see me doing there, which I think is really important. I really want to see what the school is like later this month and meet the people face to face and watch film on how they will use me."
His contact with the Hawkeye coaches has been steady in building the relationship.
"Coach (Andrew) Francis calls me often to just keep touch and see how I’m doing. I talk to Coach McCaffery maybe once a week and the conversations with him are different. It’s a lot more of his vision and basketball while Coach Francis and I talk about a lot of different things," Painter said.
In addition to Iowa and Xavier, Painter reports scholarship offers from Davidson, Dayton, DePaul, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Penn State, and St. Joseph’s, among others.
Painter has said he’d like to commit to a school before the beginning of his senior season.