The Terps' last realistic target for the 2009 class (no, not Lance Stephenson), cut his list down to two yesterday and 6 '9 big man DeShawn Painter now lists Maryland and NC State as his finalists. This comes off the heels of Painter's visit to College Park this past weekend where he apparently played pick up at Comcast with some pretty big names. Word is that he really enjoyed the trip and will make a decision shortly after he graduates high school on May 17th.
I know there's been mixed feelings on this blog about Painter so I'll give my take. Last year, Maryland lacked a real inside presence (this shouldn't be news to anyone). This year, Gary has already brought in two freshman bigs to help beef up the front court in Jordan Williams and James Padgett, (this shouldn't be either). The odds that one of these bigs actually pans out is greater if there are three players (adding Painter) as opposed to just two. For this simple reason, I'm all for the get.
How do you all feel about Painter? Is he worth the '09 'ship? Would the Terps be better off saving it for 2010 and hopefully using it on a more highly-touted big like Terrence Jones or Tobias Harris? Let's hear some debate.