Jay Wright secured his second commitment of the class of 2016 Wednesday morning in 3-star big man Dylan Painter.
“Beyond excited to announce that I am going to be joining the Villanova Basketball family! Thanks for everyone’s support,” said Painter in a tweet, confirming his verbal commitment.
The 6-10 center, a local product out of Hershey, PA, visited campus in late August. He racked up over 30 offers from various schools across the country. Last month, he cut his list down to eight schools: NC State, Xavier, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, George Washington, Penn State, and Villanova.
However, recent reports said that the decision ultimately came down to Villanova and Penn State, who he visited last weekend. Ultimately, he called Villanova his “dream school” and said that he had built a strong bond with Jay Wright over the past month.
Painter joins 5-star big man Omari Spellman in Villanova’s recruiting class, and will join the team with redshirt sophomore Eric Paschall at the start of the 2016-17 season. By then, the Wildcats will lose senior center Daniel Ochefu along with senior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono. If all goes according to plan, this leaves holdovers Darryl Reynolds and Tim Delaney in the frontcourt, giving the Wildcats depth at those positions that they have lacked in recent years.
Specifically, Painter is described as an able-bodied center that can be physical in the paint. He rebounds well and can score consistently from the basket to about ten feet out. At Hershey High School, he averaged 17.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, and 1.7 assists and impressed during the summer AAU circuit. As long as he continues to add bulk and develop his skills, his upside is very high. Being able to practice every day against Delaney, Reynolds, and Spellman should help him reach his potential.
Overall, this is a great add to the ‘Nova Nation. While Painter is not the most highly ranked prospect (4 stars on rivals, 3 stars on ESPN and Scout), he is a great addition in terms of depth and can really develop during his time on the Main Line, as he projects to stay through his senior year.
“It’s a Great Day to be a Wildcat!!!!” tweeted Wright not long after the commitment, exemplifying all of Villanova’s feelings as they pick up yet another recruit and basketball season nears.