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Ohio State lands a top 50 Class of 2016 commitment

Harrison Heath, Derek Funderburk

Upper Arlington’s Harrison Heath, left, goes up for a shot against Lakewood St. Edward’s Derek Funderburk during the first quarter of the OHSAA Division I boys’ high school basketball championship game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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Ohio State picked up a commitment on Wednesday morning as four-star, Class of 2016 forward Derek Funderburk Jr. committed to the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Funderburk announced his decision on Twitter.

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Funderburk is from Lakewood, Ohio and plays for the King James Shooting Stars grassroots program. Regarded as a four-star prospect, and the No. 48 overall prospect in Rivals’ 2016 rankings, Funderburk was an in-state priority for the Ohio State staff these last few years, as they offered him a scholarship as a sophomore in high school.

The first commitment for Ohio State in the 2016 class, Funderburk is a nice foundation to build around because he has a lot of upside and he’s already proved himself as a winner in the state of Ohio. Attending Lakewood St. Edward High School, Funderburk helped he school to a state championship last season and made the state semifinals this season.