Gary Colson, basketball coach at New Mexico, says cheating is so widespread in college basketball that at least one high school star got $200,000 before signing with a college.

"You have no idea, absolutely no idea at all, how much and how extensive it (cheating) is," he said. "It would boggle your mind.

"One coach, a friend, told me a kid visited his campus and told him: 'Look, I want to come to school here. But you've got to match another offer.' The coach told me, 'I'd have gone $40,000 or $50,000 over several years to get him.'

"Later the coach called me to say the kid told him he wasn't coming, that the kid had $200,000 in escrow from another school; $200,000. Now just think," Colson said.

Elsewhere in college basketball, Ken Anderson of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has taken the University of Wisconsin job. Anderson is a three-time NAIA coach of the year . . . George Mason has a verbal commitment from Robbie Nieberlein, a 6-foot-7 1/2 forward/center from Mount St. Joseph's High School in Baltimore. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds this year . . . Dave Buss, the only coach in the 13-year history of the Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball program, was fired. Replacement Dick Lien, who had been Buss' assistant, fainted while answering questions at a news conference during which the changes were announced; he was treated and released at a Green Bay hospital.

In high school news, Susan Walvius of Gar-Field High, Kelly Ballantine of Annandale and Sylvia Bragg of Huguenot-Wythe played in a recent girls' all-star game at Lake Braddock High, so they've been cut from the July 16 all-star game at Virginia Tech. Officials say you can't play in more than one.