Friday, May 1, 2009

DeShawn Painter: Profile

Height: 6'9
Weight: 210
Position: PF, C
Class: 2009
Team: Hargrave Military Academy
Stars: 4 Stars - Scout, 3 Stars - Rivals
ESPN Grade: 92 (#67)
Status: Prospect
Offers: NC State, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland

Painter has two things you can't teach: height and length, and he uses every bit of it. He is one of the more athletic 6'9 guys you will see. DeShawn loves to run the court and finish on the break, is an aggressive rebounder and a legit shot blocker. On offense Painter has a nice mid-range jumper in his repertoire that he can pull out when he needs to extend the D. The mechanics of his shot are sound. He has good form, arch, and follow through on it, and you can tell that he has confidence in this aspect of his game. In the post he possesses a decent drop step accompanied by a 'baby hook.' He understands what it means to create space in the post and fights hard to get good position. Crashing the offensive boards is one of the hardest things to teach a basketball player, but it seems to be one of Painter's favorite things to do, as he is constantly flying in looking for a follow-up dunk or tap in. With all of these strengths mentioned, Painter will need to work on his size, agility and balance, and polishing his post moves.

A Painter commitment would go a long way for the Pack. He was a Billy Donovan commit, and I think that speaks for itself. He is 'big,' who is extremely athletic and can run the court, which is something that seems very important to Coach Lowe. Painter would really firm up our depth at the 4 and 5 spots. Passion is hard to teach, and from what I've seen of Painter, he won't need a tutor in this subject. In watching his film, it seems like he has only scraped the surface of his potential. His ceiling is extremely high and I think the Pack would have something pretty special on their hands if they landed him.


6 Responses to "DeShawn Painter: Profile"
  1. Kris said...
    May 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Many people have been questioning whether or not we should save a scolly for next year. A year in the ACC opposed to a year in HS speaks volumes. We have every reason to be excited about this recruiting class because it gives us a strong, very strong, foundation for a great team in the future. Think about when these guys become juniors?? My only concern about this young man is if he is having trouble with academics now can he juggle college courses and basketball? I would hate to be super excited about the 2011 season only to find out Painter has to sit out because of grade issues! Thoughts?

  2. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 2, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    I agree that if Painter wants to come, we'd love to have him. I also feel that if any 5 star is wanting to play for NC State in 2010 then it will happen, the staff will make room. NC State is at a pivotal time right now...the staff is on the brink of some great things, and to deny a program changer would be silly, and it simply won't happen (unless the staff believes the 5 star doesn't fit our style of play)...that being said, Painter was here all day yesterday and while I'm not at liberty to give you the details of the visit, I'll say that the staff is bringing him to the best places Raleigh has to offer. They're going all out to land this kid (which speaks volumes on how much they want him).

    As far as grades go I think Painter, like many High Schoolers, get so caught up in their identity as a "basketball player" that they forget about grades. Since Painter saw his dreams almost getting flushed down the toilets b/c of grades, he's worked extremely hard to pull them up. I think he'll be fine in college knowning that if he messes up, he's gone. Sidney will be on him and will stress the importance of being a "student athlete." That I'm sure of.

  3. ppack3 said...
    May 2, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    WPH, do you know of any other visits that Painter may be taking before he makes his decision? And, what are the best places in Raleigh for a recruiting visit? I've lived here all of my life, and I'm not sure where I would take Mr. Painter! The Museum? Triangle Town Centre? Too bad the Canes weren't in town for his visit, heh?

  4. Anonymous said...
    May 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    First time I have seen Painter's video and my first impression was... JJ Hickson.

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    He went to V Tech last weekend and I think he is supposed to head to Maryland next weekend unless he makes his decision before then.

    I know in the past they take the player out to eat, show them around campus, eat at Coach Lowe's house, go out with the team at night, etc.

  6. Jose said...
    May 2, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    In terms of recruiting I'd say we've got a strong hand when Lowe goes head to head with Greenburg and WIlliams. I really like those two and admire the programs they've built but Lowe is starting to show everyone that he doesn't mess around on this recruitment bizz.


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