Funderburk shows major potential

Derek Funderburk is in the middle of a very strong sophomore season and the highly athletic prospect is opening eyes with his play.

Class of 2016 interior prospect Derek Funderburk is someone with a world of potential. Standing roughly 6-foot-9 with long arms, big time athleticism, and good hands, Funderburk is in his first season of varsity basketball. With that he is picking up valuable experience and college coaches are taking close notice of him.

Funderburk didn't put up huge numbers in Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's win over Cincinnati (Ohio) Walnut Hills at the Dunk 4 Diabetes event, but what he did do was show big time potential, and he did it not at 100 percent.

"I was battling a cold and in the first half and I wasn't doing so good, but at half time coach got into us and told us to pick it up," Funderburk explained. "I knew from the get go I had to get after it, and in the second half I did what I had to do."

During the summer Funderburk showed that he was a big time prospect, now he is turning himself from being a prospect to being a player with hard work.

"I think I have gotten a lot better," said Funderburk. "I have gotten a lot stronger and quicker. I am working with a trainer and my game is just improving."

Recruiting wise Funderburk has the interest of numerous high level programs.

"I have an offer from Xavier, and I am also hearing from Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State," noted Funderburk. "I took a visit to Ohio State. I know Pitt, Clemson, West Virginia, Ohio State, and Xavier have been by to see me."

According to Funderburk the visit to Ohio State was a good one.

"It was a lot of fun," he said of the trip to Columbus. "I saw them play Penn State in football. It is a beautiful campus and everybody there is a big family."

Also Funderburk had the chance to visit Xavier, and he liked what he saw there.

"I took a visit to Xavier on my way down to the John Lucas Camp before the season started," said Funderburk. "They are just a close knit family there, so when you get down there everybody knows you. Also it is a real small community on and off the court."

At this point Funderburk is just beginning to look at his recruitment, but he did admit to hoping for two offers before it is all said and done.

"Honestly Kansas and Ohio State," explained Funderburk. "Kansas, when I have watched their team they let their players loose, and Ohio State plays up tempo the way I like to play."

For now Funderburk is listed as the No. 10 center in the class of 2016, but he is someone who could easily shoot up the charts as the year goes along.

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