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McCauley discusses his favorites

One of the most in-demand juniors in the country is hearing from many of the top programs in college basketball.<br><br> Ben McCauley of Yough HS in Herminie, PA is a 6'8" 220-pound forward prospect that has the shooting skills, ball handling ability, interior play, and athleticism to play both forward spots at the next level, and it's that skill and versatility that has many of the top programs in the nation courting the young star.<br>

Ben McCauley already has offers from the likes of Pittsburgh, Xavier, Villanova, and North Carolina State, but he is also being courted heavily by Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA, and Stanford. In a recent interview, McCauley gives his feelings about each school.

Pittsburgh - "Coach (Jamie) Dixon is a great guy. All of their coaches are great. It's the hometown school and the Big East is a great conference. I know there are rumors about me liking the ACC more than I like Pitt, but that's not true. Pitt is still definitely on my mind."

UCLA - "Coach (Ben) Howland talked to my dad and he is coming to visit me at the end of April. A west coast school, I'm not sure about, but I would at least like to see the campus, and if I like it, then there is a possibility."

Maryland - "They haven't offered yet. They said they want to see me play in my AAU games first. Maryland has always been my favorite team and if they don't offer, I will still like them. But, if they don't, that's fine. I don't want to make it sound like I am just waiting on Maryland, because I'm not. I still have a lot of great schools to choose from."

North Carolina State - "I went down to visit them and it was great. I really like Coach (Herb) Sendek a lot. He is a Pittsburgh native so he understands me. And it's a beautiful campus."

North Carolina - "Coach (Roy) Williams asked me to stop over when I was visiting N.C. State. He wants to come watch me play in my AAU games, too."

Xavier - "(Assistant) Coach (Sean) Miller is another Pittsburgh native and is a great guy, as is Coach (Thad) Matta. They are also coming to see me at my school at the end of the month."

Stanford - "They have also been sending me a lot of stuff lately. I may go visit them for one of my five official visits."

Villanova - "Coach Jay Wright came to visit me today and talked to me for two hours at my school. He wants me to come see the school since I've never been there."


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