McCauley, Harris Lead JOTS to Charlie Weber Finals

The Pittsburgh JOTS 17-U AAU squad played in Washington, D.C. this past weekend at the Charlie Weber Capital Invitational in front of college coaches and scouts. The JOTS feature N.C. State target Ben McCauley, who impressed those in attendance.

"We made it to the championship game in our age group," JOTS's star Ben McCauley told StateFans. "We played really well as a team, and I think we showed everyone what we can do. I'm looking forward to the upcoming tournaments."

The 6'9 Power Forward/Center finished the weekend as the top scorer for the JOTS, posting a tourney high of 25 points in one matchup. Although he's the tallest player on his team, McCauley feels that the coaching staff allows him to utilize his entire array of skills.

"I was using an inside/outside game even though I was the biggest guy on our team. In college I'm not going to just play post so I am happy with the role I have. It allows me to take shots from the outside, take guys off the dribble, and post them up."

Ben's had a stellar junior season for Yough (Pa.) High School, averaging 27 points and 17 rebounds for the year.

The JOTS received a nice addition prior to the tournament when Elon signee Simon Harris joined them for the Invitational. Simon is the son of N.C. State assistant Larry Harris, and he was a key factor in their tournament run.

"We picked up Simon Harris, he's Coach Harris's son from N.C. State. It was great having him on the team because he did a lot of things for us. He hustled, grabbed rebounds, and took the ball to the hole strong. He just works hard, and I liked playing with him."

This weekend McCauley and the Pittsburgh-based team will attend the Houston (TX) Kingswood Classic, another major AAU tournament. All of his college suitors watched him at the Weber Tournament and will also check him out in Houston.

So where does Ben stand right now with his recruitment?

"In no particular order I'd say Pitt, N.C. State, Xavier, North Carolina, and Maryland. Pitt, N.C. State and Xavier have offered. I'm just trying to keep everything open and see what happens so there's no favorite for now."

Here's what McCauley told StateFans he liked about each of his favorite programs:

Maryland: "I like Coach Williams, their style of play, they play in the ACC, and it's not far from home."

Xavier: "My dad has a good relationship with the coach, and I do too. They are a top team in the Atlantic Ten and had a good NCAA run. Their campus is real nice, and I like all of the coaches."

North Carolina: "UNC... obviously a great tradition there. Coach Williams is one of the best coaches in college now, and they have a good style of play. A good campus and college atmosphere at North Carolina too."

Pittsburgh: "Hometown team... the Big East will be one of the best conferences soon and the coaching staff is great. It's close to home, and my family can come to watch me play when they want."

NC State: "Coach Sendek is a Pittsburgh native, and my dad has a good relationship with him. Great campus life... great coaching staff and they too are in the ACC. A really good style of play where I think I would fit in. Also the facilities are great, and I liked the campus when I visited."

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