PITTSBURGH – Between the return of the game's opening kickoff and the first snap by the Buffalo…
Phone's been busy for Funderburk
Class of 2016 interior prospect Derek Funderburk had a busy few weeks. First he attended the Nike Elite 100 and then after one day off he made the trip to Virginia for the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp. In the middle Funderburk answered calls from coaches as his recruitment continues to heat up. At close to 6-foot-9 and around 200 pounds with a high IQ and skill, Funderburk is one of the better long term prospects in the class. While he and his King James team have played well this summer, Funderburk feels he could have done better. "I would say I have been decent," noted Funderburk. "I haven't been as good as I can. I know I need to pick it up, so honestly I would say I have played decent." Recruiting wise schools can now start calling Funderburk, and he is beginning to have a long list of schools after him. "Everybody that has always been there is calling," said Funderburk. "I am hearing from Ohio State, Xavier, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Michigan, and Clemson." Ohio State offered Funderburk a scholarship in January, and he continues to build a solid relationship with the school. "So far every time I talk with Coach (Jeff) Boals at the end of every conversation he says ‘Think Buckeye', so it is pretty fun talking to him and Coach (Thad) Matta," explained Funderburk. "They are both cool guys, and I like the campus and the environment there." One of the first schools to offer Funderburk was Xavier, and he says he has a strong relationship with that program. "The coach recruiting me, Coach (Travis) Steele, is a really nice guy," explained Funderburk. "I like the campus and I like the environment there. It is a small school and I like that. Basketball wise they are on TV a lot, and they play a lot of games on the East Coast which I like." Two Big Ten schools that have yet to offer are Indiana and Michigan, but both are beginning to really ramp up the interest. About Indiana, Funderburk said, "I took an unofficial there in eighth grade, and I saw the campus and the facilities. It was pretty nice and I like the campus. It is a real good program." When it comes to Michigan, Funderburk stated, "I plan to go up there, but I don't know when. I talked to Coach (LaVall) Jordan and he is a nice guy and we clicked right away, so I like Michigan." At the moment Funderburk is still in the information gathering process, and he is going to use this time to really watch the schools recruiting him. "I don't watch a lot of college basketball, so this week and next I'm going to look at the teams that have offered me and see how they play and just watch some tape," noted Funderburk. Currently Funderburk is considered the No. 28 prospect in the class of 2016.
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