2005 Focus: Ben McCauley

Ben McCauley. Remember the name. The 6-7 small forward out of Herminie (PA) Yough is drawing all kinds of attention and he currently boasts a trio of high-major offers.

Last summer, Ben McCauley made all kind of strides with his game and in turn, turned up his profile amongst college recruiters.

The 6-7 small forward out of Yough High enjoyed the challenge of facing top notch competition. "I learned that there are also a lot of good players out there my age," McCauley said. "Playing for the smaller AAU team like I did the past few years, we played just average local teams. Playing for this better team, I saw a lot of good competition that I didn't think was out there."

McCauley played some with the South Pointe Shooters and Pittsburgh Jots.

"I feel that I definitely improved over the summer. It's a lot different than normal high school basketball. I'll go into the season feeling really confident because I played against really good competition."

Last year, the first-team all-section and first-team All-AAA performer averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds.

During the September period, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Penn State, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Duquesne, Akron and Eastern Michigan were in the house observing him. Head coaches Herb Sendek, Ed DeChellis and Jamie Dixon. Each of the schools those head coaches represented has offered a scholarship.

Recently, McCauley went to Penn State for an unofficial visit. "My older brother actually goes there. I got a tour of the Bryce-Jordan Center. I went down to Pitt a couple of weeks ago and got a tour of the new Peterson Events Center, that was really nice."

From the sound of it, McCauley might be one of those guys who looks to take his full allotment of visits. "Actually, I'm probably going to wait until after all my basketball for my junior year is over to take official visits. I feel that I have to be really smart with those decisions on where I'm going to go since I only get five of them."

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