Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sharing the Wealth: "It Was Just A Great Fit"

Ed Miller of the Virginian-Post and J.P. Giglio of the N&O were able to catch up with DeShawn Painter after he committed to run with the Pack last night. Here are some of the highlights from their interviews:

Painter told the Virginian-Pilot:

"It's just a great fit all the way around...They need a 'big,' and I fit right into their system...Now I can focus on my career and getting better."

The Pilot also reported that: "The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Painter clicked with N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe and decided the former NBA player and coach is the best man to help develop his game. He praised the Wolfpack's academic support staff and the 19,700-seat RBC Center. He noted the lack of returning big men at N.C. State and believes he'll be able to play right away."

Painter told the N&O:

"I wanted to play closer to home...I love the coaching staff and I fit in with the [N.C. State] players. We all have the opportunity to play as freshmen...It should be fun."

"I feel like I'm prepared from the guys on my team and we played some college JV teams and Division III teams," said Painter, who'll arrive on campus for the second summer session. "Plus, it's military school, so discipline-wise, I think I'm ready."

J.P. Giglio also spoke with Dave Telep and this is what he had to say about Painter:

"Dave Telep, of, said Painter is a great addition for coach Sidney Lowe, particularly this late in the recruiting process. Telep ranks Painter as the 69th-best prospect nationally in the class, five spots behind Howell, but said Painter has a bigger upside. "He has a nice balance to his game at the power forward spot," Telep said. "He's another guy that you count on to contribute as a freshman and grow as a player."

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19 Responses to "Sharing the Wealth: "It Was Just A Great Fit""
  1. KarNCSU said...
    May 14, 2009 at 1:38 AM

    some people may hate on Telep but for the most part I respect his rankings and what he thinks. So its nice to see him have Painter around the 60's. Obviously anyone who has seen him play notices the potential. Hopefully it comes all together for Painter sooner than later. Also, nice to see some positive stuff about state in the paper!

  2. morpheus647 said...
    May 14, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    KarNCSU, I think the fact that he will be battling against either Tracy Smith or Howell every practice will benefit him (and everyone else) tremendously. We will have depth at almost every position now which will do nothing but make the team better.

  3. Anonymous said...
    May 14, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Welcome to the wolf pack Mr. Painter. You will be a great addition to this team and I can't wait to see you in the red and white next season!

  4. TheUNCFan said...
    May 14, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    And he looks at the backcourt and sees a five-star point guard next year, several combo guards, and a swingman that played point guard in high school, all giving him the ball. He sees a points/assists double-double every game if the perimeter guys knock down shots on kickouts, and that stat has to look good.

    Lowe is not building his team around one guy. The opposing coach can gameplan a way to stop one guy. Lowe is building a team around a group of ball-handling, hopefully good shooting perimeter players. Plus you're not depending on that one guy when he he has an injury or off game.

    Lowe's NBA background is becoming an asset to getting these guys. I figured that might be the case.

    Yeah, this isn't looking good. Duke is finally waning a little after their run earlier in the decade, and now State is coming back. All we need is the UNC-State game to move to 9pm, too. It was one of the games I could count on seeing during waking hours the past few years.

  5. Dof87 said...
    May 14, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Mr. Painter, we are wishing you a great career at NCSU and beyond. I hope you do well, and hope you have fun doing it. State is a great place to be. Your new coach is a class act.

  6. john doe said...
    May 14, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    WPH could you please clear two questions up for me. 1) I have heard and read that Painter was once considered a top 20 player for this class. Do you know why he has dropped so much? 2) It is rumored that Painter never had grade issues but he told Florida that so it'll be easier to get out of his letter of intent. Any truth to this?

  7. craigslist said...
    May 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    morpheus you bring up a good point. I remember TOB said one particular reason the Fball team improved so much was the 2nd string players really gave a challenge every day at practice. I could see the same situation taking place for the Bball team. Have quality players on the floor that practice against quality players everyday. Go Pack

  8. craigslist said...
    May 14, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    WPH what do you think would be our 3 weakest points for next years team. Actually I think we can all agree on experience or lack of...

  9. Anonymous said...
    May 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    I told you the boy was headin here

  10. Anonymous said...
    May 14, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Your new coach is the classiest act in the country and HE Loves the Pack!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous said...
    May 14, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Careful UNCFAN, before you know it you'll see the light and become a State fan.

  12. Anonymous said...
    May 14, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    WPH -

    Since we used 6 scholarships this offseason, that leaves us with 2 avaliable next year and Ryan Harrow uses one of them, so in theroy we have one available for next year. I realize previously you have said if a player wants to come the staff will make room but realsisticly, do you see us bringing in more than 2 next year?? IF we get Cothron or Leslie do we not seek any other prospects? With the signing of painter does that sure up or low post game and have Sid looking for another position??? GREAT JOB GUYS!!!

    -Pack Leader

    PS I really believe you guys are helping the program immensely. I would love to donate some funds for all the hard work ya'll do but unfortuantly money is tight for a broke College student!!! If theres any help I can do please dont hesitate to email me.

  13. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    1) You are correct. I've heard he dropped for 2 reasons. Lack of consistent effort and the fact that many felt he might not have the grades. I think the move to Hargrave was the best thing for this kid.

    2) No I'm pretty positive he really had grade issues, but I think playing time and situation also went into his decision to decommit.

    Hm our 3 biggest weaknesses. Certainly inexperience will be a weakness, but I think that is an overlying blanket that could cover a few smaller things. Such as, I think physicality is something that we'll need to work on. Besides Smith we really don't have a proven physical presence that can body someone up and keep them out of the paint. Howell and Painter have the potential but they'll need to show that they want to throw their bodies around under the hoop. I didnt mention Horner but he's usually pretty physical himself. I also think at the beginning of the season we may be a bit "off" ...and what I mean by that is how smoothly the offense runs and how well the new players play with the returning guys. But after a few games that shouldnt be a problem. It's just always hard to get a team with a bunch of incoming talent to learn to play with the returning guys and learn the offense.
    I really can't think of a third, until I see the team play. And those first two are just guesses anyway. It's hard to say because I've never seen these guys play together and in a Sidney Lowe offense. But all of things I mentioned would fall under inexperience or being young.

  14. seewhatisee said...
    May 14, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    I remember on packpride premium boards someone had mentioned saving the international competition play that each team is allowed to have once every four years for this incoming class. That proved to be a smart thought! I think it would help us out a ton to have these guys get an addition 2-4 weeks of practice before the season starts. They would be able to learn their roles and maybe practice together before the season. Oh well, we'll just have to mesh a lot sooner

  15. ppack3 said...
    May 14, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    You know, it's great to finally get a pic of one of these BB recruits while they are smiling! Kids look so much better when they aren't giving that 'stare-down' look you always see in recruiting pictures.
    TheUNCFan, I appreciate you stopping by to give an honest UNC Fan's perspective. There is NOTHING that NCSU Fan wants more than to get back on the winning track, and have both Triangle rivalries mean something again. NCSU boasts a rich basketball history that surpasses every other school in NC. In fact, we started our basketball program because we were getting our heads beat in on the gridiron, by Carolina every year. This brought Everett Case to Raleigh, from the BB Mecca of Indiana. We also initiated the foundation of this great conference we call the ACC. Lest we forget that we have had numerous outstanding players come through NC State, including one who is widely considered the greatest college player of all time, David Thompson. To top it all off, we have hung two National Championship banners. Actually, prior to the 1990's NCSU had as many or more National and ACC Championships as their two Blue counterparts down Tobacco Road. Just a little history lesson about the school we love. If anything was incorrect, please WPH's, correct me.
    Now, on to 2010 and beyond, where anything is possible, here at the University where Miracles happen! Go Pack!!!!!

  16. FontanaWolf said...
    May 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    From the Virginian article "Painter, who graduates from Hargrave on Sunday, said he is on track to qualify academically, needing a "B" in one class to meet NCAA requirements."

    That is the first bit of specific news I have seen on his qualifying. Sounds very doable, compared to the reports that he would likely reclassify to 2010.

  17. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 14, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    ^Good Point.

  18. JAB77 said...
    May 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    I am very excited about this recruiting class. The staff has done a great job, and it looks like things are starting to turn around for the program. Lowe is building a championship caliber program.

    One thing I would like to see is a good, professional marketing campaign this fall to get fans pumped about the team. It seems in the past few years that there has not been much in that regard. We need to keep the positive energy flowing, get the fans in the seats and get people excited about NC State again.

  19. Jose said...
    May 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    All indications from everything ever reported is that Sidney Lowe and his staff recruit in a fashion that should make every Wolfpacker out there extremely proud.

    It seems welcoming and like a great big family. These guys seem to bond very quickly and a lot of it has to do with the fact Lowe isn't pulling any fast one on these guys and they know it. We got to play for the greatest Prep coach of all time, he won a NC, and he played and coached at the pinnacle level of the sport.

    The guys know that Lowe knows what it takes to belong on the court and there are willing to give it there best with hi- Him being so positive and likeable serves as a great role model for these young men that will benefit them their whole lives.


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