Judging by the size of this man, 7’7 Kenny George is pure basketball material. He already made records in his school, University of North Carolina-Asheville, in terms of scoring, rebounds, and blocks. Basing from his performance today, his ticket the pros is already purchased with the added benefits.
But his gigantic physique is also the cause of most of his burdens. He cannot drive a car since he can’t fit into the driver’s seat. His father has to drive some 700 miles from their hometown in Chicago to fetch him when the semester ends so he won’t have to force himself into an airplane seat. Despite the drawbacks present in big men, young George seems to take it all in a stride.
“I don’t hate it, but there are times I wish that I weren’t so tall,” George said.
George grew up with his father, Kenny, Sr. His parents parted ways when he was still 2 years old. Though there is an obvious lack of a mother in his life, Kenny Sr. does a fine job raising George.
Being very tall also poses health concerns for George. Strains on the knees and back pains are just several of his constant complaints. He even might miss another season because his foot needed surgical attention due to an infection.
Facing a possibility of entering a season without its best player, UNC-Asheville has, in their coach’s own words, “have to learn to play with him and without him.”
But the most dramatic thing about this young center, whose career in the NBA is already guaranteed, is that George plans to pursue a career in the film and movie industry. When he first arrived at Asheville, basketball was not his main concern. Instead he brought with him sketchbooks, story boards, and movie ideas.
If NBA is not for him, perhaps the world’s biggest movie producer will suit his frame just nicely.