McCauley To Decide In November

Pennsylvania is not only home to UK recruit Billy Stull, but also home to basketball recruit Ben McCauley. The Herminie (Pa.) native had a nice ABCD camp and definitely fits the profile of a Tubby Smith type forward of the future

It's probably the most comment lament of big men at the ABCD Camp: not getting enough touches.

Ben McCauley experienced that first hand this past week at the Reebok ABCD Camp, where the skilled 6-8, 230 pound power forward from Yough H.S. in Herminie, Penn., averaged just 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Contrast that to his junior year averages at Yough of 27 points, 17 rebounds and five assists per game, and you can see what stats at the summer camp can often be deceiving.

"It's been frustrating at times, not getting the ball as much as I wanted," McCauley admitted. "I am trying to do other things to help the team win, like rebound and pass."

Regardless of his ABCD Camp output, McCauley has several scholarship offers on the table, including Xavier, Ohio State, N.C. State, Virginia, Pittsburgh and UCLA. He's also been talking to such programs as Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.

"I am going to wait until November to sign," he said. "I am going to narrow it down and take my official visits in the fall."

There's been some interesting dynamics with some of the programs on McCauley's list. Specifically, the departure of Thad Matta from Xavier to Ohio State.

"Coach Matta liked me and recruited me to Xavier," he said. "I haven't talked to him lately, but I still have a strong interest in Ohio State."

And with former Pitt star and Western Pennsylvania native Sean Miller getting the Musketeer job, Xavier's chances haven't been hurt by the switch, either.

"Xavier is still strong because Coach Miller was recruiting me there as an assistant," McCauley said.

McCauley has already taken unofficial visits to Xavier, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Virginia. However, he's going to let the official visits dictate where he winds up next year.

"I am looking for a good relationship with the players and coaches," he said. "Academics will also play a role in my decision."

McCauley, who carries a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1060 on the SAT, will play for the Pittsburgh JOTS this summer. Their travel plans include an event in West Virginia as well as the AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals in Florida.

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