Ex-Florida 2009 signee DeShawn Painter announced Thursday that he’s going to North Carolina State.
Painter left Florida under somewhat curious circumstances. A Norfolk, Va., native, Painter told the Virginian Pilot that the reason he asked out of his letter of intent was he wanted to play closer to home. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Painter, who played last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., is rated by Rivals.com as the 64th best prospect in the Class of 2009.
There were some rumblings, though, that Florida coaches weren’t completely thrilled with Painter’s senior season at Hargrave. Keep in mind that Painter signed a letter of intent in November, so he didn’t “decommit” as has been commonly reported to this point. A school must grant a player’s release from his letter of intent. So there had to be at least some mutual agreement for Painter to move on.
Painter could have been concerned about the direction the Florida program was headed after back-to-back NIT appearances. Or he could have just as easily been told by the Florida coaching staff that he wasn’t going to get much playing time if he chose to play for the Gators next season.
Numerous calls to Painter’s high school coach, Kevin Keatts, weren’t returned to The Sun.
Painter also visited Maryland. But in choosing North Carolina State, there’s an interesting kicker to the story. Painter could end up getting a chance to face the Gators as a freshman, because Florida is scheduled to finish a home-and-home series at North Carolina State next season.
Here’s a link to the story: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/05/basketball-painter-picks-nc-state