'16 PF Derek Funderburk Likes U-M's System

An injury plagued sophomore season hasn't slowed down the recruitment of 2016 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward power forward Derek Funderburk. Funderburk details his recovery process, talks relationship with Michigan, visit plans, and more.

CLEVELAND -- For 2016 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward power forward Derek Funderburk, his sophomore season has been anything but what he hoped for.

Sidelined and hobbled on crutches for much of the season with a broken bone in his foot, Funderburk has been relegated to the bench with roughly six more weeks still to go in his rehab and recovery.

“It’s pretty difficult on the bench cause when coach is subbing people in I forget thinking I’m about to go in,” Funderburk said. “I got that injury but how it happened was I was in baseline help side and slid over and landed on my point guards’ foot the wrong way and it fractured. I knew it immediately.”

In an effort to get back to the court as soon as possible, Funderburk has utilized some new technology that appears to be speeding up the process.

“I did this new thing called plasma therapy and it cut down my healing time by like two weeks,” he said. “It hurt for like the first few minutes but from there I was good; I don’t really feel it anymore at all.”

Standing 6-foot-9 and 205-pounds, Funderburk fancies himself as a jack-of-all-trades stretch forward that can play out on the perimeter or bang with the big boys down low, making him a very intriguing prospect for college coaches.

“The scary thing is I really don’t have a set position,” Funderburk said. “I can play every position besides the one but other than that I try to do everything I can, run the floor, shoot the ball, attack the basket, just do everything.”

Despite not being out the floor this season, recruiting has been constant for Funderburk, recently picking up offers from Ohio State and Penn State.

“Earlier in the season I picked up an offer from Iowa,” he said. “I’m hearing from Wichita State, Michigan, Michigan State and a couple other Big Ten schools.”

Michigan and John Beilein standout to Funderburk based on the varied roles he’d be able to fill on both ends of the floor.

“I know they actually use their big men well,” Funderburk said. “They recruit a lot of big men that are long and have a big wingspan.

“And they get up and down the floor which is what I can do.”

With his first priority still focused on getting back to 100-percent, Funderburk is planning to get up to Ann Arbor to check out the Wolverines this spring.

“During AAU season when I have free time I’ll get out there,” he said. “I’ll set them up.”


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