Ohio State has yet to play an official game on the hardwood this season, but the Buckeyes are already setting themselves up for the 2016-17 season.
“These two signees bring versatility, size and rebounding to our program,” Matta said. “ With Micah we get a big who can play with his back to the basket as well as stretch the defense and face-up. With Derek we are getting an athletic, high energy guy who can impact both ends of the floor. I'm excited to have two high quality kids who have a deep appreciation for The Ohio State University.”
Funderburk is a 6-9 power forward from Lakewood, Ohio, playing his senior season at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. He is a four-star prospect ranked the No. 49 overall player and No. 11 power forward in the country.
While his biggest assets are his athleticism and ability to play in the post, Funderburk spent much of last summer expanding his skillset with the hopes of having more positional versatility at Ohio State.
“My first step, my quickness, my ball handling.,” Funderburk said of his areas of focus. “I need to improve my shooting a lot more. My decision making, my all-around game has improved. Really what I need to work on a lot more is my jump shot. Everything will fall from that. For me attacking the rim more, I really just need to get more of a scorer’s mentality.”
Quincey Simpson, Funderburk's AAU coach with the King Shooting Stars, cited his passion for the game as one of his greatest strengths as a player.
Potter is another Ohio native, coming to Columbus from Mentor, Ohio. The 6-9, 230-pound center can stretch the floor as he led his high school team in 3-point percentageHe's a three-star prspect and the No. 27 center in the class of 2015.
The pair of Ohio post players aren't the only ones that Matta hopes to sign in the 2016 class as the staff continues to pursue five-star point guard Kobi Simmons, but he doesn't plan to make his decision until after his high school season.