College's Biggest Man Out for Season?

Redshirt senior Kenny George, at 7-foot-7 the nation's tallest college basketball player, may not be able to compete this season for UNC Asheville.

Kenny George, from Chicago's Latin High School, was operated on for the second time this summer. He has an infected right foot. George, recovering in a hospital in Chicago, is not expected to return to classes this semester.

If George is unable to play this season, he would need a medical waiver from the NCAA for a chance to compete in 2009-10.

Kenny George defends North Carolna's Tyler Hansbrough


George is listed at 7-foot-7 and 370 pounds though is perhaps taller. He averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks last season as the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year on a Bulldog team that had a school-record 23-10 mark and tripped to the NIT. The Bulldogs were the first team ever from the Big South Conference to go to the postseason tournament.

George led the nation with a school- and Big South-record of 69.6 percent accuracy. He was 151-of-217 in 28 games. (You get a plaque from the NCAA for this.)

Injuries kept George from playing for the Bulldogs until his third year at Asheville, the 2006-07 season. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 23 games. When he shot, it generally went down as he made 61 of 79 (.772).

The problem with his right foot was discovered during a basketball camp in Las Vegas. Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach told the Asheville Citizen-Times last week that the injury did not happen while he was playing basketball.

NCAA rules allow a student-athlete to apply for an extra year of eligibility if they miss a season due to a non-sports related injury.

Note: UNC's Tyler Hansbrough is listed at 6-foot-9, 250 pounds.