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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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NC State Offers 4-Star SG D.J. Steward

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NC State offered 4-Star 2020 Shooting Guard D.J. Steward (6’3″/165) yesterday.

ESPN ranks Steward as the #27 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #1 player in the state of Illinois.

Steward also holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Texas, Wake Forest and others.

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NC State Offers 3-Star PG Shakeel Moore

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NC State offered a scholarship to 3-Star 2020 Point Guard Shakeel Moore (6’1″/185) yesterday.

Moore plays for Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He averaged 15.1 points per game for the Bobcats last year.

247Sports ranks Moore as the #7 player in the state of North Carolina in the 2020 recruiting class.

Moore took an unofficial visit to NC State on June 10th before attending the NBA Top 100 Camp up in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He also holds offers from ECU, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Providence, Penn State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, and others.

Moore plays on the AAU circuit with another NC State target, 2021 4-Star Point Guard Cam Hayes, on team CP3. He will be taking an unofficial visit to UNC today.

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NC State Offers 5-Star F Trey Patterson

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The NC State Men’s Basketball program offered a scholarship to 2021 5-Star Forward Trey Patterson (6’8″/207) on Monday.

247Sports ranks Patterson as the #15 overall player nationally in the 2021 recruiting class, the #5 Small Forward, and the #1 player in the state of New Jersey.

Rivals lists Patterson as a Power Forward, while ESPN and 247 list him as a Small Forward.

Patterson also holds offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Maryland, Georgetown, Rutgers, Tennessee, UCLA, Wake Forest, UCONN, Seton Hall, TCU, Villanova, and others.

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NC State Offers 5-Star SF Quincy Allen

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NC State extended an offer to 5-Star 2021 Small Forward Quincy Allen (6’6″/180) yesterday.

Rivals ranks him as the #23 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, while 247Sports and ESPN rank him 24th and 28th respectively.

Allen plays for Maret High School in Washington D.C., and ESPN and 247 both rank him as the #1 player in the Capital City. He averaged 11 points per game last year for the Frogs as a Sophomore.

Allen also holds offers from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Florida, Syracuse, Howard and Delaware.

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