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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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3-Star G Shakeel Moore Signs Letter of Intent to Play at NC State

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3-Star 2020 Guard Shakeel Moore verbally committed to NC State on Saturday night at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase, and he has now officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Wolfpack.

Moore plays at Moravian Prep with NC State target 2020 5-Star Forward Josh Hall, and is ranked as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina according to 247Sports.

It was once thought that Moore would wait until the Spring, and it was also once thought that Providence would be where he landed, but both of those things obviously didn’t transpire.

Keatts and two of his assistant coaches were at his game on Friday, and the whole Moravian Prep team was at the Wolfpack’s game in Reynolds Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

Moore is the 4th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class to sign their letter of intent. According to 247Sports, the Wolfpack’s class currently ranks 14th nationally.

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5-Star F Josh Hall Announcing Decision Tomorrow

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5-Star 2020 Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) will be announcing his college decision tomorrow, and he will ultimately be choosing between NC State, Louisville and DePaul.

He took Official Visits to all three schools.

Rivals ranks Hall as the #26 player overall nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Hall plays for Moravian Academy in Hickory.

NC State head coach Kevin Keatts and two of his assistants were in attendance watching Hall and his Moravian Prep teammates (including recent commit Shakeel Moore) in the Phenom Hoops National Showcase on Friday, and then the whole team was in attendance for the Wolfpack’s game in Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.

For what it’s worth, the national recruiting experts would be dumfound if Hall didn’t decide to run with the Pack tomorrow.

100% of the FutureCast votes at Rivals (7), and 100% of the Crystal Ball predictions at 247Sports (5) have Hall choosing NC State tomorrow.

Also, 4-Star Point Guard commit Cam Hayes is pretty sure he knows what’s going down.

According to 247Sports’ Class Calculator, if Hall chooses NC State tomorrow, the Wolfpack will boast the 5th best class in the land.

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247: NC State Men’s Basketball’s 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks 14th After Moore Commitment

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3-Star G Shakeel Moore verbally committed to NC State last night, and after his commitment 247Sports ranks the Wolfpack’s 2020 recruiting class 14th nationally. As you look below, you’ll notice that these are the 247Composite rankings, which take into account the rankings of other national databases. The number underneath is 247Sports’ rankings.

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3-Star G Shakeel Moore Commits to NC State

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3-Star 2020 Guard Shakeel Moore (6’1″/185) committed to NC State tonight at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase.

Moore plays at Moravian Prep with NC State target 2020 5-Star Forward Josh Hall, and is ranked as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina according to 247Sports.

It was once thought that Moore would wait until the Spring, and it was also once thought that Providence would be where he landed, but both of those things obviously didn’t transpire.

Keatts and two of his assistant coaches were at his game last night, and the whole Moravian Prep team was at the Wolfpack’s game in Reynolds Coliseum this afternoon.

Moore is the 4th member of NC State’s 2020 recruiting class.

 

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