When 6’9 forward Derek Funderburk committed to NC State, he did so without much fanfare.
— NC State Men’s Bball (@PackMensBball) November 14, 2017
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.
4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”
4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.
NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.
Which school has prioritized him?
“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”
“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)
247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night
NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).
NC State, VCU & Wake Forest was in to watch Top 50 big man Roosevelt Wheeler tonight. pic.twitter.com/stCgTzOJt1
— Team Loaded AAU Basketball (@TeamLoadedBBall) December 13, 2019
NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.
Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.
Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.
NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.
Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.
Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.
BREAKING: N.C. State basketball coach Kevin Keatts will be in attendance at tonight's Washington-Kinston game to watch Dontrez Styles (@D_styles4) play for the Vikings. Come on out and see two undefeated teams AND the Wolfpack coach! @PackAthletics @TheWolfpacker
— Bryan Hanks (@BCHanks) December 10, 2019
The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.
Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.
Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.
Kinston's Dontrez Styles on Kevin Keatts at his game last night, "I love everything about NC State, great program and coaching staff. It means a lot to see them at my game."
— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) December 12, 2019
NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN
ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.
They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.
As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.
What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.
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