Andrew Funk lands with Denver Nuggets for NBA Summer League

nate-mug-10.12.14by:Nate Bauer06/23/23


Only at Penn State for a one-year stint, taking advantage of the NCAA’s bonus year of eligibility from the 2020 season, Andrew Funk maximized his opportunity in every sense. A crucial ingredient to the Nittany Lions’ biggest wins on the season, his presence helped propel the program to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

On Friday, it all paid off.

Funk has agreed to join the Denver Nuggets for the NBA Summer League, BWI has confirmed. He’ll team up with former Nittany Lion Jalen Pickett, who was selected with the No. 32 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

Next steps for Andrew Funk

The next step continued a career arc for Funk he believed was possible since committing to Penn State as a graduate transfer ahead of the 2022-23 season. Speaking with Blue White Illustrated following the decision last spring, Funk outlined what it was about the opportunity with the Nittany Lions he found so appealing.

“I think coming out of Bucknell, a lot of people are just going to see me going to the Big Ten and they’re gonna think, ‘OK, he’s probably just gonna go there and shoot threes.’ But, I think (the Penn State coaching staff) saw me for my complete game and they want me to do a lot of other things, which I really appreciated,” Funk said. “I think there’s just something to be said for going to the premier state school in your home state. I’m only going up the road an hour from Bucknell. My parents and my family can still come see me play. And to compete in a conference like the Big Ten, I thought about things like that and I thought it was a no brainer, man. I was really pumped up about it.”

Funk finished third on the team in scoring last season, averaging 12.5 points per game, and led the Nittany Lions in 3-point shooting in makes (112), attempts (272), and conversion rate (41.2 percent). Funk’s bonkers 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting from deep in the program’s NCAA Tournament win over Texas A&M was an exclamation mark on the season’s biggest stage.

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