McCauley Scores 49 In Front of Staff

Ben McCauley already has offers from Pittsburgh and N.C. State, but it's unlikely he'll make any decision until he finds out one way or the other whether the Terps wants to bring him on board.

Ben McCauley already has offers from Pittsburgh and N.C. State, but he's still waiting for that one from Maryland.

The 6-8, 225-pound Yough High (Pa.) junior, who is also considering Villanova, will begin the postseason tonight after capping off the regular season with a 49-point performance in front of Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson last Monday night.

McCauley ended up one point shy of tying his career-high in the overtime victory.

``Coach Dickerson talked to my coach after the game and he told my coach he really liked the way I played and how I stepped it up when I needed to at the end of the game," McCauley said.

The Terps have always been a dream school of sorts for McCauley, so he was enamored when he got the chance to take an unofficial visit to College Park for the game against N.C. State.

``I really enjoyed the campus, got a chance to meet the coaches and got to see the gym," he said.

McCauley also took in Sunday's Pittsburgh victory against UConn and plans to head to N.C. State later this month for the Wolfpack's game against UNC.

``Those are my top three – Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Maryland - even though Maryland hasn't offered yet," McCauley added. "I'm hoping they will soon, though."

McCauley will probably have to show the Terps staff in the spring and summer that he can more than hold his own against some of the elite players in the junior class when he plays with the Pittsburgh Jots.

``I want to see how Maryland feels about me after they watch me a little more in AAU," McCauley said. "So I'll probably hold off making a decision until then and until I get a chance to see N.C. State and maybe Villanova."

``I'm really excited about this season and how well we've played," he added. "High school's great, but AAU is where it all happens."


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