No matter how you characterize his game, one thing has been clear; the kid can play.
"Ben can play the 3 or the 4 in college, because he has such a nice perimeter game," an NBA scout told Inside Kentucky prior to his AAU matchup. "He's got a tremendous touch around the basket and can hit the 10-15 foot jump shot."
"But, he also plays with tenacity around the rim and he is always doing things to make his team better."
"At the ABCD he showed college coaches a different side of his game with the passing ability," the scout of 26 years said of the Herminie (PA) native. "It is that trait that really makes him an impressive candidate for Tubby.
"All of his big men can pass the ball and handle the rock down the low."
"This kid's a perfect fit for Tubby and I would be very surprised if they didn't offer."
McCauley showed every aspect of his game in his first AAU matchup yesterday, showing the erray of skills that made him garner early scholarship offers from Xavier, Ohio State, N.C. State, Virginia, Pittsburgh and UCLA. Those schools, however, have become an afterthought of late, since Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky have arrived on the scene.
"They really have changed a lot of things," McCauley stated. "I owe it to myself to take a look at these schools with the background they have."
"Kentucky's big time basketball."
"I am hoping to take some more visits before I make my decision. If Kentucky stays interested in me, I will definitely take an official visit to see what they have to offer."
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."