We had opportunity to evaluate Derek Funderburk, who transferred to Chatham (Va.) Hargrove Military Academy, at the National Prep Showcase in late November and the future Buckeye impressed with his athleticism and activity level.
Funderburk cored the ball in a variety of ways during our viewing. He finished from close range, looked to face up and attack defenders off the dribble and even (which isn't necessarily something we've seen much of) hit a three-pointer off the dribble. Funderburk has good size, length and mobility to go with the impressive athleticism that we mentioned above. He runs the floor end-to-end with ease and does so with purpose often times leading to easy buckets. He's also very quick off his feet, which helps him as a rebounder and shot blocker.
Funderburk is currently averaging 17.8 points and 9.7 rebounds a game for a Hargrave team that is 28-1 on the season.
This season Micah Potter transferred to the top team in the country, Montverde (Fla.) Academy, and it has been a bit of an up and down season for Potter in his new surroundings. The legit 6-foot-9 Potter has shown some good things this year on a loaded roster, and at times has looked like he hasn’t made a jump in his development.
The biggest thing Potter does at the moment is stretch the defense with his ability to shoot. He is pretty good in pick and pop situations, and throughout the year he has shown that in several in person evaluations. Also he will compete on the glass and is a decent vertical athlete who finishes fairly well around the rim when he has little bit of space.
That said, Potter does need to get tougher on the glass and do a better job of rebounding outside of his area. A limited lateral athlete, Potter struggles to guard on the perimeter and can get overpowered in the post.
Some time in the weight room and a better understanding of his game will help Potter in college, and he is already getting very good coaching as a senior at Montverde.