Funderburk picks Ohio State

Four-star center Derek Funderburk is going to play his college ball close to home.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have been looking to get off to a strong start in the class of 2016 with an in-state product and they did that on Wednesday morning. That is when Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward power forward/center Derek Funderburk picked the school.

At 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds, Funderburk is a good athlete with skill for his size, and is someone with a lot of potential. Ohio State offered Funderburk as a sophomore and that paid off with a commitment.

“I’ve made the decision to become a Buckeye,” said Funderburk. “I will pursue my college career at The Ohio State University.”

This is the first commitment for the Buckeyes in the class. Funderburk also had offers from schools such as Penn State, Iowa, Xavier, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. However in the end it was the comfort with the entire situation at Ohio State that led to Funderburk pulling the trigger.

“Ohio State is a great academic school and I love the atmosphere there,” said Funderburk. “The fans, the school, the coaches, the players, and the facilities, everything was just perfect with Ohio State. Most importantly I wanted to go to a school that felt like home, and I felt at home at Ohio State.”

According to Funderburk's father, Derek Sr, the combination of academics, athletics, and alumni was too much to pass up.

"The family is extremely excited of DJ's decision to attend The Ohio State University," said Funderburk Sr. "Being a part of the Buckeye Nation and it's amazing alumni base was a huge draw. We spoke with current and former players and students and they all said the same great things about O-State."

He continued, "Being able to attend a great academic and athletic university that was similiar to the school he currrently attends, St. Edward, with the same goal of getting a great education and winning championships in this case a National Championship was very important."

Funderburk helped to lead his team to the state semi-finals a year after winning the title. He is going to run over the summer with the King James Shooting Stars on the AAU circuit.

Currently Funderburk is viewed as the No. 12 center and the No. 49 prospect overall.

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