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Thad Matta Lands Commitment from 4-Star Forward Derek Funderburk
By Tony Gerdeman
Funderburk is the newest Buckeye commit.
Photo courtesy 247Sports

COLUMBUS — Thad Matta and the basketball Buckeyes received some good news on Wednesday when 4-star post player Derek Funderburk became Ohio State's first verbal commitment in the 2016 class.

Funderburk (6-9 210) plays at Lakewood St. Edward in Cleveland, Ohio and is rated the No. 6 center in the nation per the 247Sports Composite. He committed to the Buckeyes over offers from Indiana, Iowa and Xavier.

He is rated a Top 50 player in the class per all four recruiting services, landing in the 40s for each. ESPN is the only service which doesn't see Funderburk as a center, and instead sees him as a power forward.

Thad Matta would probably side with ESPN's view of the Buckeyes' newest commitment. Funderburk handles the ball well for a player of his size, and has a consistent jumper from 15 feet and in. He can shoot the three, but consistency will keep him from being a perimeter shooter in college without more work.

Funderburk is a quick jumper who has no problem grabbing an offensive rebound and going back up immediately.

With the Buckeyes bringing in five players in the 2015 class, and now with Funderburk committed in the 2016 class, that currently puts 12 players on the 2016 roster, which means there is only one spot remaining in the 2016 class.

Ohio State is still in on a number of prospects, and it would be a surprise if they did only land one more commitment, which means that attrition of some kind would need to happen between now and 2016.

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