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KU WALKON

April 7, 1994

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C.B. McGrath, a 6-foot point guard from Topeka West, will join the Kansas basketball team as a walk-on next season.

McGrath, a consensus all-state pick and Kansas' Gatorade Player of the Year, chose KU over hometown Washburn. He also received interest from Wichita State and North Texas.

McGrath averaged 19.3 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the Chargers last season.

"I've always liked KU. This gives me a chance to play for the best program in the country. They have great coaches. They go to Final Fours. It's a great atmosphere to play in every night," McGrath said.

McGrath, who informed KU coach Roy Williams of his decision on Wednesday night, said the decision really was a no-brainer.

"I've gone to a couple games every year since I was little. I watched them on TV. I'd cry when they lost," McGrath said.

McGrath, who was first contacted by KU late in the season, said he was informed he could receive a scholarship as soon as second semester if he makes the team.

"If I have a bad practice, I won't say, 'Oh gee, my career is over.' I won't think like that," McGrath said. "I know some people wonder if I can make it. If I show them I can, I'll be happy. But that isn't why I picked KU. I did it so I'll never wonder down the line if I could have played at that level."

McGrath said he gained confidence in his ability to play Division I ball last summer while competing for a Kansas City AAU team. That team traveled the country and lost to Felipe Lopez's New York Rice High team by just three points at the Las Vegas Invitational.

"He was a good player, but you wouldn't know he was Felipe Lopez," McGrath joked. "I guarded him some. Playing against the best in the country definitely helped my confidence."

Topeka West coach John Oestreich believes McGrath will contribute at Kansas.

"He's a true point guard who handles the ball well. He's a good floor general who takes care of things," Oestreich said. "He's a good offensive threat, a player who wants to win. I've seen Division One players. He can play there."

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