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Wharton senior PG C.J. McGill has catapulted himself into an elite Wildcats scoring pantheon -- surgically repaired knee and all.
McGill (pictured, center), who missed his entire sophomore season after tearing his right ACL and partially tearing the MCL, reached the 1,000-point career scoring mark in tonight's 55-41 win at Sarasota Riverview in the Class 8A region semifinals. McGill, who now has 1,010 points, becomes the fourth Wildcat player to reach the milestone.
The other three played -- or are playing -- at the Division I level: Shawn Vanzant (Butler), A.J. Astroth (Vanderbilt) and Xavier Owens (Mount St. Mary's).
"A few people said I wasn't going to feel the same, and a few people talked about their ACLs and how they didn't recover, but I didn't let that get to me," McGill, who scored 12 Tuesday night, said late last week. "I wanted to get back out there. It hurt me when we lost in the regional finals (to Orlando Dr. Phillips) two years ago and that just motivated me to come back stronger."