It wasn't pretty, but Ben McCauley and the Pittsburgh JOTS picked up a crucial win against Houston Elite in the first game of the night, 68-67.
McCauley finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and was happy to come away with the close victory.
"It was big winning this one," Ben said following the game. "I think I played well, but I can definitely play better, and that's what I'm going to try and do tomorrow."
McCauley was unsure about taking another unofficial visit to N.C. State, after doing so in February, but did point out the Wolfpack's preference for him on the court.
"I actually had been down here before, but right now it depends on how we do in the tournament," he said regarding an unofficial visit. "I'm going to talk with my dad, but it just depends on how things go."
"NC State seems to want me to play anywhere from the wing to the center spot. They want me to post up some and handle the ball on the perimeter too."
|Houston Elite's Gerald Green is a major target for NC State on the wing.|
McCauley wasn't the only Wolfpack prospect playing in the opening game, as super wing target Gerald Green added 17 points for Houston Elite.
"I didn't play to the best of my abilities, but this wasn't the worst game I've ever had either," Green said. "But, we still can win this thing. It's a great tournament, and I'm honored to play in it. It's a good chance for me to show my game and for my teammates to do good as well."
At a lean 6'7, Green has everything you look for in a wing prospect: the ability to defend, above-average athleticism, and a smooth stroke. His skill level is so good that some teams are in fact recruiting him as a shooting guard.
"Some colleges are recruiting me as a two but I think I'm better on the wing," he said.
Who are those teams? Gerald was reluctant to name a top five, but did give a list of schools that are showing interest.
"Right now I'm just enjoying the recruiting process," Green said. "NC State's coming at me hard… Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma… those are all the ones coming at me hard, but I haven't narrowed it down or anything."
Speaking of NC State, the Wolfpack's appealing to Green, who has enjoyed his talks with the Wolfpack coaches.
"Well NC State plays in the ACC and you can't get any better than that," he said. "The coaches have nice things to say when they talk to me and just seem real. They are real professional and down to earth… that's what I like."
Both teams continue pool play tomorrow, with the JOTS playing at 2:00 PM against DC Assault at the Wilson Gym. Houston Elite faces off with the Charlotte Aces at 10:00 AM at Cardinal Gibbons High Scohol.