Wolfpack's '05 Class Among Nation's Best

NC State's three-man '05 hoops recruiting class finished the year ranked among the nation's best classes.

For a complete list of the 2005 Team Rankings click here.

The final rankings for the class of 2005 have been posted by National Recruiting Director Dave Telep to the Scout.com database, and once again NC State has come away with one of the top recruiting hauls in the country.

NC State's class ranked No. 11 in the country and was the No. 4 class in the country based on averaged star rating.

Rated the No. 20 prospect in the country, 6-foot-8 combo forward Brandon Costner headlines the class. The 2005 McDonald's All-American ended the season as the No. 6 power forward in the country and a five-star prospect.

Costner was named Associated Press New Jersey state player of the year as he averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in leading Seton Hall Prep (30-1) to a state title. He scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the 48-40 victory over Christian Brothers Academy. Costner also led the Pirates, ranked sixth nationally by USA Today, to a 63-60 victory over St. Patrick's in the Tournament of Champions. The Wolfpack signee scored 31 points and snatched ten boards in the win.

While earning player of the year honors, Costner also was selected first-team all-state for the second straight season, Gatorade state player of the year, third-team Parade All-American, and a 2005 McDonald's All-American.

Last November, Costner chose the Wolfpack over Kansas, UCONN, and UCLA among others.

6-foot-6 shooting guard Courtney Fells finished the year ranked No. 30 according to Scout.com's final rankings after he averaged 23.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists this past season.

Fells was named the 2005 Mississippi Gatorade State Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-State selection.

Fells inked with NC State over LSU, Alabama, Miss. State, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech among others.

The final signee in NC State's '05 recruiting class was 6-foot-9 power forward/center Ben McCauley. He ended the year ranked No. 98 in the country according to Scout.com. He 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.

For a complete list of the 2005 Team Rankings click here.


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