Big 5 recruiting: 1-on-1 with Top 2018 Penn target Andrew Funk

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Andrew Funk is a 6-4 160 3 star shooting guard who plays for successful high school Archbishop Wood. He has a killer strong from long range and has a great release that’s hard to block. He recently released his top 3 which are Bucknell, Delaware and Big 5 school Penn. One of the quakers top targets, Funk would add an instant offense with his deadly range to a talented Penn team. Funk is the 12th rated prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.


LJ: You are apart of a very talented team in Archbishop wood. How has Archbishop wood improved your game?

Andrew: I’ve been lucky to play with several great players at Wood and have been coached by our phenomenal staff. Both my teammates and my coaches have pushed me to be better everyday and to continue to expand my game. As a Sophomore and Junior my role was primarily to shoot and score, but this year I’ll be more of a playmaker. My coaches have really helped me with this transition and as a result I have become a better ball handler, passer, and decision maker.
LJ: You released your top 3.Do you plan to take any visits to any of those schools? When?
Andrew: Over the past two weeks I visited both Bucknell and Delaware. I really liked both campuses and have developed good relationships with both coaching staffs. I have plans to visit Penn in the near future. After that, I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for my academic and athletic future.
LJ: How do you feel about Bucknell and Delaware? What do you like about both schools?
Andrew: I really like both schools. Bucknell has been a top team in the Patriot League, and Coach Davis has really showed me the winning culture of the Bucknell program, which I would love to be a part of. Delaware is great, too. Coach Inglesby has a great vision for the future of their program. My brother, Tommy, also played AAU with Ryan Daly and I know how good of a player Ryan is. So, it would be cool to play with him at Delaware. There’s things I like about both schools, which makes the decision process difficult.
LJ: You are one of Penn’s top targets. How do you feel about them?
Andrew: Penn has some really great things to offer. Receiving an Ivy League education is a huge incentive to go there because it will really prepare me for life after basketball. Also, the Palestra is like the mecca of basketball to me. Winning the PCL championship there last year is my greatest basketball accomplishment so far, so the Palestra is really special to me.
LJ: How long has Penn been recruiting you and what have they told you about your future with the program?
Andrew: They have recruited me since after the April live period. The Penn staff thinks I can be a high IQ player for them who can make shots.
LJ: Who on Penn’s staff has kept in contact with you?
Andrew: I’ve talked with pretty much the whole staff. I talk to Coach Mihalich and Coach Graham the most.
LJ: Any players from Penn that you know or have reached out to you?
Andrew: Jake Silpe reached out to me. We both played for the same AAU program, the Jersey Shore Warriors. That was really cool of him to reach out, I appreciated it.
LJ: Archbishop Wood had a special season last season. What do you expect this season from your team?
Andrew: Last season was awesome, but we have the same focus as last year. Our seniors last year, Collin Gillespie, Matt Cerruti, Sean Thompson, and Keith Otto, got to go out on top by winning the PCL, District 12, and State Championships. I want to do what they did; and I know Tyree, Seth, Karrington, and Kyle want the same.
LJ: When do you plan to make your decision?
Andrew: I’m hoping to make the decision soon, but it will come down to whenever I feel ready.
LJ: Good luck to you Andrew and stay focused great talking to you.
Andrew: Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it. Best of luck to you, too.