NC State Men's Basketball Season Overview (Part 2)

Allen LoppCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2009

The NC State Wolfpack have a very talented group of seniors leaving this year. The three leaving are Ben McCauley, Courtney Fells, and Simon Harris.

Lets start with Ben McCauley. Coming out of Seton Hall Prep, he was ranked No. 24 in his class of power forwards.

His career at NC State started out with limited minutes in his freshman year. Playing only six minutes a game, he averaged only two points and one rebound per game.

His sophomore year was a coming out party of sorts. Playing 34 minutes a gave, he averaged 14 points and six rebounds a game. He had a much improved game that helped the Wolfpack make a run to the ACC Tourney Championship Game and earn a seed in the NIT. They made it to the quarterfinals and lost to West Virginia.

But McCauley failed to build on the promise of his sophomore year, as he suffered through a woeful campaign last year, with the entire team failing to live up to its top 25 expectations.

He saw a major decline in minutes, points, and rebounds. He played only 21 minutes  a game, averaging six points and three rebounds. The team finished 15-16 and was a complete failure. J.J. Hickson left for the NBA, which was not a bad thing at all.

In his senior year, Ben regained his status as a stater. He again played big minutes for the Wolfpack, averaging  30 minutes a game while putting up 12 points and seven rebounds. Maybe, just maybe, in his senior season, Ben and the rest of the NC State Wolfpack can make another run in the ACC tournament

And, in my next article, I will discuss Courtney Fells and Simon Harris