Funderburk continuing process
Four-star interior prospect Derek Funderburk is having a very solid junior year at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward. The 6-foot-9 and 210 pounder has improved his skill level while continuing to get stronger, and college coaches are definitely very interested. “So far as a team we have had some bumps in the road, but we keep coming back strong,” said Funderburk of the season. “As far as myself, I feel like I have been doing pretty well. I have been averaging about 16 points and just getting better.” Funderburk has always been someone who has insisted he can play inside as well as out, and he is definitely working to refine his skills in both areas. “This summer I was focused on my ball handling and stuff, but I know I’m not going to do that here at St. Edward,” explained Funderburk. “So I am focused on getting stronger and being better in the post, and just going against bigger players.” Recruiting wise schools such as West Virginia, Ohio State, Xavier, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, and others have all been involved in the process. Recently Funderburk made an unofficial visit to West Virginia and said it was a really good time. “I made a visit to West Virginia when they played Iowa State,” said Funderburk. “They lost, but other than that the visit was great. I loved the atmosphere there, and they are right up there with any other school I’m hearing from.” Also Ohio State is a school that Funderburk has been to several times, and he remains high on the Buckeyes. “Ohio State has a great team. Coach (Jeff) Boals and Coach (Thad) Matta always keep in contact with me,” said Funderburk of the Buckeyes. “I took an unofficial for a football game and loved it there. They really show Ohio players love.” Also Xavier has been up to see Funderburk recently and he has been on their campus several times as well. “We have a pipeline there with the Stainbrooks going there,” said Funderburk of Xavier. “They want me to play the three or the four there. They want me to keep improving my perimeter and post game and say they really want me, so they are definitely high on my list.” At this point there is no timeframe for a decision, but Funderburk says he is focused on his high school season right now.
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