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Nation's Tallest Player Kenny George Undergoes Amputation

Oct 18, 2008 – 10:23 AM
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Shiloh Carder

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UNC Asheville center Kenny George, who rose to prominence last season because of his tremendous height and steady performance, will most likely not play basketball again in his collegiate career after having part of his right foot amputated.
"This just breaks our heart," said coach Dave VanderMeulen of Chicago Latin, where George played in high school.

"I've talked to Kenny, and he's dealing with what kind of mountain he's facing and reflecting on what could have been...his parents are trying to keep his spirits up, but they are devastated, as any parents would whose child lost part of a limb."
George is listed at 7-foot-7 according to UNC Asheville's official roster and ranks along with Shawn Bradley and former North Carolina player Neil Fingleton among the tallest players in NCAA history.

In August, George came back home from Pete Newell's Big Man Camp with MRSA -- a difficult-to-treat staph infection -- in his foot. He was then hospitalized and underwent several surgeries to save both his foot and his life. Three weeks ago, doctors decided to amputate part of the foot.

George was the Big South defensive player of the year. The would-be senior averaged 12.4 points and seven rebounds last season but could only average 20 minutes of playing time.

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