Updated on 7/31/21. Written by Alan Lu.
2021 rankings were finalized on 7/29/21.
College: NC State
Classification: Fifth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate low post scorer
Adequate shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Handles the ball well for a player his size
Needs to improve his passing ability
Can be too passive on offense
Not an elite rebounder
Can be undisciplined defensively
Not an elite shot blocker
D.J. Funderburk is an athletic, high-motor big man that may project to be a defensive specialist in the NBA. He had a good showing at the 2021 Tampa Bay Pro Combine recently. He may still be a long shot to be drafted, but his much improved jump shot combined with his athleticism and motor could allow him to compete for a roster in the NBA next season.
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