Thursday, January 10, 2008
Kenny George is not human
If you watched the North Carolina-UNC Asheville game last night or at least the highlights, then you might have thought your eyes betrayed you.
Who or what in the hell was that monster on the court?
What you saw was UNC-Asheville's very own giant - 7-foot-7, 360-pound Kenny George, who put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes off the bench against the Tarheels. (Update: We found the clip of Tyler Hansbrough dunking on George. And, yes, Hansbrough traveled and it wasn't called.)
The junior wears size 26 shoes, his wingspan stretches 101 1/2 inches and he doesn't have a driver's license because he's too tall to fit into a driver's seat.
Finally healthy after a knee injury sidelined him last season, George is finding it harder to blend into the college basketball scene.
Check out this highlight clip of him owning some opponents, whose shots are knocked away like Godzilla swatting at helicopters. George leads the nation with 5.3 blocks per game.
Growing up, the native Chicagian had no intentions of playing basketball, but being 6-foot-11 by his sophomore year got him on the high school varsity squad.
George's size seems perfectly normal. He said he doesn't have any long-term health problems, but gets his pituitary gland checked once a month. A tumor on that gland causes an oversecretion of growth hormone.