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March 31, 1994


C.B. McGrath has two offers on the table.

McGrath, a 6-foot senior consensus all-state basketball point guard from Topeka West, will either attend Washburn on scholarship or Kansas as a walk-on, with the possibility of receiving a scholarship down the line.

"It's a tough decision -- either step right in (at Washburn) or go for my dream," said McGrath, who averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds last season.

McGrath, who was recently named Kansas' Gatorade Player of the Year, has been chasing his dream of playing major college ball a long time.

"Since I was 4," said McGrath, who said he'll likely announce his decision sometime next week. "I've loved KU all my life."

In that way, his story is similar to former Topeka Hayden guard Mark Turgeon, who talked coach Larry Brown into giving him a scholarship and eventually made a major impact on the KU program.

"C.B. is a better offensive player, a better shooter than Turgeon. And he handles the ball as well as Mark," said Topeka West coach John Oestreich. McGrath hit 44 percent of his three-point shots last season.

In a 73-70 win over Lawrence High, McGrath scored 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting and hit 4 of 4 threes. He also runs cross country, plays golf and will soon join the West track team as a sprinter.

He was also recruited by Wichita State and North Texas.

"It's the same boat a lot of guys are in. He has to decide if he wants to be a big fish in a little pond somewhere, or take his chances with one of the top basketball programs in the United States. It's a roll of the dice," Oestreich said.

McGrath's uncle, former KU tennis coach Randy McGrath, is an attorney in Lawrence.

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