Category: Featured News Written by Scott Burgess
One of the prospects that really opened a lot of eyes at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament was Aurora West 6’7" power forward Josh McAuley. He started off with an impressive 15 points and 7 blocks in their opener at the tournament. When looking at the unsigned senior what stands out is his strength and long arms. He plays strong down low finishing around the hoop with both power and a soft touch when needed.
The senior has good mobility and plays active on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end he proved to be a good shot blocker. We spoke with him about his performance at Pontiac.
"For me I know I am a defensive player that can block shots and get rebounds, but I knew the team needed me to score more. Coach told me I had to be more aggressive on offense so that is what I try to do every game is go out there and improve."
McAuley spoke about what he likes to do on the floor.
"I can shoot the three and play in the post. Pretty much do anything you need me to because when I was younger I played guard. Then I moved to high school and had to play the post so I had to adjust to that. Overall I am an all-around player."
This past summer he was part of a talented Illinois Attack squad that had a big month of July.
"Playing with the Attack was fun. We had a really good team. It was hard for us to gel at first, but once we got it we gelled pretty well. Miles (Simelton) played tremendous at the point guard spot."
McAuley said he holds offers from St. Francis and Waubonsee with interest from Ferris State. McAuley mentioned there are some D1 schools starting to show interest.
"Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and Northern Illinois."
Expect this to continue after a strong showing at Pontiac.