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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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Ranking Jalen Lecque Among NC State’s Highest Rated Recruits

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NC State landed a major commitment last week from 5-Star 2019 point guard Jalen Lecque. Below we breakdown the Wolfpack’s highest ranked commitments of the past 18 years, and Lecque currently ranks 7th. Obviously, he has his whole entire Senior season to see his ranking rise even higher.

5-star NC State Commitments of the past 15 years

Legend: (247) = 247Sports/ (R) = Rivals/ (E) = ESPN

1) Dennis Smith Jr. – 7 (247)
2) J.J. Hickson – 10 (R)/ 11 (247)/ 14 (E)
2) C.J. Leslie – 10 (247)/ 11 (E)/ 14 (R)
2) Rodney Purvis – 10 (247)/ 12 (R) / 20 (E)
5) T.J. Warren – 17 (R)/ 19 (247)/ 29 (E)
6) Ryan Harrow – 19 (R)/ 25 (247)/ 39 (E)
7) Jalen Lecque – 22 (E)/ 28 (R)/ 29 (247)
8) Brandon Costner – 23 (247)/ 30 (R)
9) Courtney Fells – 24 (R)/ 26 (247)
10) Cat Barber – 25 (247)/ 26 (E)/ 27 (R)
11) Omer Yurtseven – 26 (247)
12) Lorenzo Brown – 29 (247)/ 36 (R)

What does landing a commitment of Lecque’s caliber get you?

Dennis Smith Jr. was the ACC Freshman of the Year. JJ Hickson made the All-ACC Freshman Team. CJ Leslie earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors. TJ Warren was the ACC Player of the Year. Brandon Costner was on the All-ACC Third Team. Cat Barber was First Team All-ACC and an AP All-American Honorable Mention. Omer Yurtseven earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors. Lorenzo Brown earned 2nd & 3rd Team All-ACC honors, and led the ACC in assists in 2012-13.

In a nutshell, Lecque is one of the biggest recruits to commit to NC State in school history, and players of his caliber almost always make an immediate impact.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque to Play in John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational is the pinnacle of high school basketball here in the Triangle every Christmas season, and NC State 2019 5-star point guard commit Jalen Lecque and his Brewster Academy squad will be heading down from New Hampshire to participate in it.

Some of Lecque’s top competition at the Invitational will be 5-Star 2020 Power Forward Isaiah Todd (Trinity Academy of Raleigh), 4-star 2019 FSU commit Patrick Williams (West Charlotte/Charlotte NC), 4-Star 2019 Providence commit Greg Gantt (Trinity Christian/Fayetteville, NC), 4-star 2020 Shooting Guard Zach Harvey (Prolific Prep/Napa, CA), 3-star 2021 Point Guard Carter Whitt (Leesville Rd/Raleigh, NC), 5-star 2019 Florida Commit Scottie Lewis (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), 5-star 2019 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine (Ranney Prep School/New Jersey), and 4-star 2022 Point Guard Jaden Bradley (Canon School/Concord, NC).

The 48th annual Holiday Invitational will be on December 26-29th at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Wolfpack fans, go ahead and plan to buy your tickets and watch the future of NC State basketball.

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4-Star SF Patrick Williams Announcing College Choice Today

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4-Star 2019 Small Forward Patrick Williams (6’7”/180) will be announcing his college decision today.

Williams listed NC State in his Top-10 along with Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, Texas, Clemson, Louisville, Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State in August.

Out of all of those schools, Williams has only taken officials to NC State and Florida State. Williams took his official visit to Raleigh with Jalen Lecque, who committed to NC State earlier this week.

Williams plays for West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, NC), and is ranked by ESPN as the #46 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

The popular thought is that Williams will commit to Florida State today, with 100% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball Projections pointing that direction, but we will have to wait and see.

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5-Star SF Wendell Moore Announcing College Choice Monday

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5-Star 2019 Small Forward Wendell Moore, one of NC State’s most coveted recruiting targets, will be announcing his college choice on Monday, October 8th.

Moore is the #1 player in the state of North Carolina according to ESPN, and the #18 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He included NC State in his Top 5 on May 4th.

NC State originally offered Moore a scholarship before he even stepped foot on the court as a freshman in high school.

Pretty much every national recruiting analyst is convinced that Moore will end up choosing Duke or UNC, but 14 of the 15 247Sports analysts project he’ll choose the Blue Devils.

Moore’s Final 4 schools are NC State, Duke, UNC and Wake Forest. He took official visits to all 4 schools, as well as Wake Forest, and NC State was his 1st.

Moore broke down his official visit to Raleigh here. 

Despite everyone being convinced that Moore is heading to Durham, Kevin Keatts and his coaches have never let up on recruiting Moore one bit throughout the process.

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