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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 Men’s Basketball Commit Terquavion Smith: Junior Highlight Reel

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NC State 4-Star 2021 Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″180) has shot up the rankings this year, earning a 4th star, and becoming a Top-100 player. 247Sports ranks Smith as the #96 overall player nationally, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina.

Check out his Junior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

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NC State Offers 7’0″ 2020 Center Quincy Ballard

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NC State offered 2020 Center Quincy Ballard (7’0″/246) two days ago. Ballard is a late-blooming prospect, who isn’t ranked/rated.

Ever since his showing at the recent 2020 Phenom HoopState Championship, Ballard’s recruitment has exploded. Since April 4th, he has picked up offers from Florida State, NC State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Maryland.

Here’s what Ballard had to say about NC State to PhenomHoopsReport recently.

Ballard: “I definitely feel good and love what Coach Keatts’ plan is with the team and how they see me fitting in. We are talking with them daily.” (Link)

Ballard is originally from Syracuse, New York, but has played the last two seasons at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He plans to make his college decision this Saturday.

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NC State Makes Top-8 for 4-Star SF JaDun Michael

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) decommitted from Wichita State on March 30th, and NC State made his Top-8 last night, along with Elon, ECU, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, and Pitt.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

Michael’s reason for decommitting was his desire to stay closer to home, and NC State definitely meets that criteria.

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NC State Showing Interest in 4-Star SF JaDun Michael After Decommitment from Wichita St.

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4-Star 2020 Small Forward JaDun Michael (6’5″/185) announced his decommitment from Wichita State, after committing to the Shockers on November 19th.

As you can see above, Michael noted his desire to stay closer to home. According to Jake at Stockrisers.com, NC State was one of the many schools that reached out to Michael soon as the news broke, along with Pitt, UVA, Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

NC State is familiar with Michael, being the first ACC school to offer him a scholarship back on September.

247Sports ranks Michael as the #104 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #4 player in the state of North Carolina (The Burlington School/Burlington, NC). Michael is familiar with NC State 5-star 2020 signee Josh Hall, playing AAU ball with him on Team Loaded.

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