Timing, often, is everything.
Dylan Painter found that out last week when he received a phone call from the Iowa coaching staff. He was told that a scholarship he could have accepted since receiving it on May 1 was no longer available to him.
"(The Hawkeyes) got a commit from another big guy so they aren’t recruiting me anymore. No spot left," the Hershey (PA) High power forward told AllHawkeyes.com on Monday.
Iowa offered a scholarship to Spirit Lake (IA) High power forward Ryan Kriener last Tuesday. He accepted it two days later.
The Hawkeyes then alerted the 6-foot-10, 220-pound Painter to the situation.
"It was very professional. I was glad how they handled it," he said.
Painter officially visited Iowa in June. He came away impressed but kept open his recruitment. He knew the risks.
"I really liked them. I didn’t want to commit right away and wanted to take my time. But that’s the world of recruiting," he said.
Painter, who runs with Team Final in AAU ball, also reports scholarship offers from Clemson, Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Hofstra, NC State, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Rice, Richmond and St. Joseph’s.
"I’m cutting my list later (Monday) after I talk with (Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright). I’m hoping they offer so I can put them on the list. After that, I’m coming up with some visits. I don’t know when or where yet," Painter said.
Villanova has just offered 2016 PF Dylan Painter (Team Final/Hershey, Pa.).
— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) August 3, 2015
Iowa holds two open scholarships for the 2016 Class. It is thought that the Hawkeyes will take a point guard and perhaps a big man higher up on their board than was Painter. Tyler Cook and Nick Rakocevic are two names in the mix.