NC State Men's Basketball Inks Three

Raleigh, N.C. - NC State men's basketball coach Herb Sendek has announced that three talented players have signed letters of intent with the program.

Brandon Costner of West Orange, N.J., Courtney Fells of Shannon, Miss., and Ben McCauley of Herminie, Pa. will join the Wolfpack for the the 2005-06 season, giving NC State another recruiting class that is ranked among the nation's best by many publications.

"We are excited to welcome the three newest members of our Wolfpack basketball family," said Sendek. "Courtney, Ben and Brandon are each recognized among the best players in the 2005 class and are also terrific young men away from the court. We look forward to these gentlemen representing our basketball program and our university with excellence and class."

Brandon Costner, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, averaged 17.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season at Seton Hall Prep. During that junior campaign, Costner was the team's top three-point shooter and also hit 85 percent from foul line. He is rated No. 26 nationally by His father, Tony Costner, had a successful career at St. Joseph's and later played in the NBA and overseas.

"Brandon is a tremendously skilled and versatile player who also has the advantage of being from a basketball family," said Sendek. "He is a good passer and his ability to play both inside and on the perimeter fits perfectly with our style of play." Courtney Fells, a 6-6, 190-pound wing player, has been a starter since his freshman season at Shannon High School. He averaged 18.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists as a junior, helping lead his squad to a 24-11 record. Following that season, Fells was ranked as the No. 8 shooting guard in the country by He also played quarterback his first two years of high school.

"Courtney is long and athletic," said Sendek. "He gives our team added size on the perimeter and has the ability to be a very good defender. He is an outstanding shooter with a soft release and range beyond the college line."

McCauley is a 6-9, 235-pound forward who plays at Yough High School. Last season, he averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and enters his senior campaign with 1,445 career points. Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has McCauley ranked as the No. 48 player in the country.

"Ben also has outstanding skill and versatility for a frontcourt player," said Sendek. "His size and strength will benefit our team inside and his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter makes him a good fit for how we want to play."

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