It might have been what some people consider a disappointing season on the hardwood for Thad Matta and Ohio State, but the head coach hasn't lost his steam on the recruiting front.
Lakewood, Ohio, native and 4-star 2016 center Derek Funderburk ended his recruiting process early Wednesday, announcing his intentions to become a Buckeye via Twitter.
I've made the decision to become a Buckeye. I will pursue my college career at The Ohio State University. #BuckeyeNation— Derek Funderburk (@TooEvsy4) April 1, 2015
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Funderburk is ranked 41st overall for the class of 2016 according to 247Sports and its sixth ranked center. He is the fourth best player in the state of Ohio and won a state championship with Lakewood St. Edward High School in 2014. Funderburk chose Ohio State over Indiana, Iowa, Penn State and Xavier.
Not long after Funderburk made his announcement, Buckeye assistant Jeff Boals did his best Mark Pantoni impression to solidify the news.
Funderburk is still at least two years out from suiting up for the Scarlet and Gray, but is the type of guy who can make an immediate impact for Matta and Ohio State as a stretch-four or wing player: