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WATCH: NC State’s best 2018 commit might be the guy no one is talking about, 6’9 Derek Funderburk

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When 6’9 forward Derek Funderburk committed to NC State, he did so without much fanfare.

That’s pretty unusual for a 6’9 guy with this type of skillset. However, it’s understandable based on the circumstances.

Funderburk was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school. He was actually the #56 player in his class that year. He committed to Ohio State and after redshirting a season, he was dismissed by Thad Matta this past summer for “failing to meet team expectations.”

Instead of transferring to another D1 school and sitting out another year, he enrolled at Northwest Florida State College (a junior college) so he could play right away. In early November, he committed to join NC State next year as a part of their 2018 recruiting class. He had played at Hargrave under NC State assistant AW Hamilton, so the relationship was already there.

Meanwhile, as a freshman at Northwest Florida JUCO, it appears he’s doing pretty darn good. It’s hard to track down stats for JUCO teams since they play so many games that aren’t ‘official’ league games, but near the end of January we found this article, stating that:

Derek Funderburk, a freshman forward, contributes 14.3 points per game on 57-percent shooting from the floor and a 39-percent clip from beyond the arc for 2.5 3s a night. He also adds 5.5 rebounds per game.

EDIT: We found his full stats. Check them out here…

Those are some great looking stats, but really what is jaw-dropping is this video. (above)

Funderburk was kind of a mystery because there really aren’t many highlight reels of him floating around. The ones that are out there are just of him dunking. That was until this video surfaced today (found by my brother, and PI contributor Greg Pascucci), which had a total of 3 views on it when we received it.

It’s 7 minutes of Funderburk playing at Northwest Florida State College, and dear lord, it’s amazing. Funderburk is so agile, has a tight handle, he can beat you off the dribble, above the rim or (and this is where we were so surprised) from 3 point range.

NC State fans had constantly questioned what their frontcourt would look like in 2018, but if the Ian Steere video from earlier today, the Manny Bates clips from a few weeks ago and this one above are any indication, the NC State frontcourt might be in a lot better shape than we thought.

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2021 SG Terquavion Smith Commits to NC State!

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2021 Shooting Guard Terquavion Smith (6’3″/180) made an early commitment to NC State today.

“Coach [Kevin] Keatts and his staff are excited. They had a great evaluation on him,” Williford told HighSchoolOT.com. “We went to team camp there this summer so they got to see him play over four days. They made him a priority since then.”

Smith is a Sophomore at Farmville Central, and has averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game this year.

In Smith, the Wolfpack have picked up their 1st commitment in the 2021 recruiting class.

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2021 PG Carter Whitt, #2 in NC, Attended NC State’s Victory Over Syracuse

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2021 Point Guard Carter Whitt (6’3″/170) took an unofficial visit to NC State on Wednesday, attending the Wolfpack’s 73-58 victory over Syracuse.

Raleigh is home for Whitt, playing for Leesville Rd High School. Rivals ranks him as the #46 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina in 2021.

NC State offered Whitt back on December 31st.

He also holds offers from Ole Miss and UVA.

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4-Star 2020 PG Jalen Cone Visited NC State for Virginia Tech Game

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This past Saturday, 4-star 2020 point guard Jalen Cone (5’11″/163) took an unofficial visit to NC State for their game against Virginia Tech.

At this point, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are the only Power 5 schools that have offered Cone thus far, despite the fact that Rivals ranks him as the #60 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class.

Cone is one of the best scorers in the state of North Carolina, averaging 25.9 points and 6.6 assists per game for Walkertown (Kernersville, NC). He’s electric, having the ability to drop 50+ on a given night.

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4-Star PG Cam Hayes Visited NC State This Weekend

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4-Star 2021 point guard Cam Hayes (6’2″/175) took an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend for their horrendous loss to Virginia Tech.

Rivals ranks Hayes as the #16 player overall in the 2021 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #1 player in the state of North Carolina in 2021.

Hayes plays for Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC).

NC State offered Hayes on September 29th last year, and he took an unofficial visit to Raleigh on October 19th.

Hayes also holds offers from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Wake Forest.

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