Funderburk ready for big season
Class of 2016 prospect Derek Funderburk has really made big strides since his freshman season. The 6-foot-9 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward product has one state title under his belt, and now is ready for a starring role as a junior. At the John Lucas Midwest Showcase, Funderburk showed off an improved game and had a very good weekend. “I’ve been working on my ball handling and shooting,” noted Funderburk. “Really I have been working on my perimeter game so I can breakdown defenders and get them off of me. Also of course I have been working on my strength and speed. I am trying to get bigger and faster.” Recruiting wise Funderburk says numerous schools continue to show him major attention. “It is mostly the same schools, Indiana, Tennessee, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Xavier, Iowa, and a few other schools,” said Funderburk. Ohio State has been very active in recruiting Funderburk, and says he has built a solid relationship with the coaching staff. “I talk to the coaches almost every week, and they come see me a lot,” said Funderburk. “I love the school. Everything about Ohio State is great, but I am keeping an open mind.” Also in the Big Ten, Indiana has made sure to stay in close contact with Funderburk. “They haven’t come in and seen me yet, I am waiting on that,” Funderburk noted. “The school though is a great school. I visited in eighth grade and the community around there is great and they really support the school. Also I have talked to the coaches a lot and they seem like great guys and guys that I can relate to.” Funderburk’s first offer came from Xavier, and he says the Musketeers continue to recruit him very hard. “Their staff is great,” noted Funderburk of Xavier. “It is a smaller school so it wouldn’t be a big adjustment for me, and they have a great ratio of teachers to students. Basketball wise they are always on TV and the coaches are great. Also I know some people from St. Ed’s that are either on the team or are managers so I would have people looking after me.” For now Funderburk has no timeframe for a decision, and says he has no visits planned. He is simply focused on winning another state title this year as a junior.
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