Lakers forward McCauley stars on opening day

Lakers forward McCauley stars on opening day

Postby JSM on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:13 pm

Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote:
Adam Morrison was supposed to be the star attraction of the Los Angeles Lakers' entry in the NBA Summer League. But he wasn't the only guy wearing purple who caught the fans' eyes Friday.

Ben McCauley, a 6-foot-8-inch rookie free-agent forward from North Carolina State, turned heads by scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Lakers' 85-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Cox Pavilion.

Ben who?

"I was playing (center) in college, and all I did was go block to block," said McCauley, who played four seasons for the Wolfpack. "Nobody knew I had the skills to do these other things."

Chucky Brown did. The Lakers' summer league coach and former N.C. State player had seen McCauley play in the summer in Raleigh, N.C., and thought he could thrive in the Lakers' triangle offense.

"He's a smart player who can pass and shoot," Brown said of McCauley, who averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds as a senior. "He's perfect for the triangle."

McCauley said he hopes to continue to impress people in Las Vegas -- if not the Lakers, then another team.

"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I'm trying to take advantage of it as much as I can. I just hope I can keep it going."

Morrison had 24 points in 33 minutes, a positive first step in his attempt to eventually gain a spot in the Lakers' rotation.

"It felt good to be out there that long," said Morrison, who played off-guard and shot 9-for-17. "I thought I could have made some more shots, but overall I'm pleased."
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