NC State signee Ben McCauley will be playing in the 32nd annual Capital Classic all-star game tonight at 8:00 at George Mason's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
"I'm really honored [to play in the Capital Classic]," McCauley told Mike White of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I know this game is kind of like the little brother to the McDonald's All-American Game and [Sonny Vaccaro's] Roundball Classic. So it's pretty big to be picked."
|Ben McCauley will play for the U.S. All-Stars in tonight's Capital Classic.|
Capital Classic alums include NBA stars Amare Stoudamire, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Mike Bibby. NBA legends Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and James Worthy also played in the prestigious game.
This year the Capital Classic will be without its primary sponsor. Nike, the Classic's primary sponsor the past three years, started its own game, the Jordan Classic, which was played in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
The Capital Classic will revert to its original format this year: U.S. All-Stars vs. Capital All-Stars in the main event, and a local game between the District All-Stars vs. the Suburban All-Stars. McCauley will be playing for the U.S. All-Stars.
Gametime is set for 8:00 PM with the local contest starting at 6:00 PM.
Ben McCauley capped a terrific senior season for Yough High School by being named Post-Gazette Player of the Year after averaging 28.8 points and 16.5 rebounds.
McCauley scored a school-record 2,283 career points and helped Yough reach the WPIAL Class AAA finals and the second round of the PIAA playoffs. He increased his production to 34 points per game in the playoffs, leading Yough in its deepest postseason run ever.
McCauley inked with NC State in November over offers from programs such as Cincinnati, Xavier, Virginia, and West Virginia.