Iowa is in search of front-court help in its 2016 recruiting class. Dylan Painter is one of the top targets on the board.
The Hawkeyes put their best foot forward with the talented power forward from Pennsylvania this weekend on his official visit.
"The facilities were absolutely amazing. And the coaches and the players were all great people," the 6-foot-10, 225-pounder from Hersey (PA) High said.
Did what Painter saw make him feel like Iowa would be in the mix for his commitment until the end?
"Yes. I really liked it," he said.
Painter isn’t near the end of his process, however.
"Next, I’m going to get through the July period, take any more visits to schools I may have an interest in and hopefully decide in the fall," he said.
Painter officially visited Xavier last weekend and said he’d likely use his final three officials after July. He’s also reported scholarship offers from, among others, Davidson, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Penn State and St. Joseph’s.
"(The Iowa visit) just gave me another school to look at and compare with the others so I can eventually rule the rest out and pick my final destination," he said.
Painter said he toured Iowa’s campus, played pick-up games with the players, met with representatives from the Engineering School and from the athletic academic support area, and watched film with Head Coach Fran McCaffery.
"He said they are losing a lot of bigs and I could essentially go in and play right away if I earn it. (The coaches) said they would use me to my strengths which is an inside and an outside game," Painter 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. He enjoyed a strong spring on the AAU EYBL circuit for Team Final.
Running with the Hawkeyes this weekend gave him a taste of the college game.
"Towards the end, I played pretty well. It took a while to get used to the speed of the game. With playing, I realized it’s realistic in a few years to be able to play at this level," he said.
Junior guard Peter Jok served as Painter’s player host on the visit.
"We didn’t spend a whole lot of time together but in pick-up he was a really good player and he is a really humble, laid-back guy who works really hard," Painter said.
Team Final advanced to the EYBL’s Peach Jam in July. Painter missed the last session with an injured ankle but said he will be at full strength next month, the most intense evaluation period of the AAU season.