The blog was pretty full late last week, and we didn’t get a chance to highlight this excellent article on Big Ben from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read it and get chills at the confirmation of the rumors we heard throughout the spring – McCauley was very close to transferring, which would have made an 0-16 ACC season a distinct possibility. Instead, he chose to stick it out, and has been the perfect embodiment of toughness – the guy who would walk through a wall if Sid asked him to. He’s also been our best passer by far, despite playing center (and staying out of foul trouble with little bench relief).
The article also has some Sendek-related comments, but let’s not turn this into a Sendek-bashing thread. Instead, please use the comments to praise the play and attitude of Ben McCauley…and imagine what kind of beast he could be next year with Hickson and Tracy Smith diverting some of the defensive attention in the low post.
McCauley has been nothing short of spectacular this year. I canâ€™t imagine where State would be if he had chosen to transfer in the spring as rumored when Coach Lowe took the job. His presence and the fact that we can project him in a Wolfpack uniform for two more seasons produces a huge impact on the projected future success of the program; I expect him to be a growing versatile force for the Pack.
McCauley has turned in consistently strong performances ALL SEASON, none more exciting and surprising than his play against Michiganâ€™s athletic big men two weeks ago. (Anybody see his line for Saturdayâ€™s game against Savannah State? Your CENTER led the team in STEALS with five for the evening.)