Another former Ohio State Buckeye has committed and signed to play for Kevin Keatts and the NC State Wolfpack.
6-foot-9 forward Derek Funderburk was suspended by Ohio State shortly after the program hired Chris Holtmann to take over for Thad Matta. The former four-star recruit in the class of 2016 redshirted his first year in Columbus.
Two weeks later, he and former high school teammate Braxton Beverly left the program.
Funderburk played at Hargrave Military Academy with Beverly as a senior in high school, went to Ohio State with Beverly, and is now heading to Beverly’s new school: NC State.
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After leaving Ohio State, Funderburk transferred to Northwest Florida Junior College, where he is averaging 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Keatts spoke about his latest signee today. From The News & Observer:
“With this new era of position-less basketball, DJ is a guy we felt would be a great fit within our system,” Keatts said. “Our whole class has been focused around adding length and versatility, and DJ is a guy we look forward to using at a bunch of different positions.”
Funderburk joins a very strong 2018 recruiting class for the Wolfpack, which already featured four four-star forwards: Immauel Bates, Saddiq Bey, Jericole Hellems, and Ian Steere. Beverly, who has been controversially deemed ineligible this year by the NCAA because he began taking classes at Ohio State before he decided to leave, following Thad Matta’s departure, will also be able to suit up. The absurd NCAA decision may keep him off the court this year, but Beverly’s presence could already been paying dividends for the ‘Pack.
Update: Minutes after the publication of this post, the NCAA granted Braxton Beverly a waiver to play immediately. Hooray for common sense.