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Seahawks add former Western Kentucky hoops star George Fant

General manager John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks pride themselves on leaving no stone unturned when it comes to searching for talent.

That's especially true with undrafted free agents. At one point last season, 24 of the 53 players on the roster were originally undrafted, which is why George Fant's development this summer will be worth monitoring.

Fant (6-foot-5, 296 pounds) started playing football again last year for the first time since the eighth grade and signed with the Seahawks this week as a rookie free agent. He starred as a basketball player at Western Kentucky, finishing as the 13th-leading scorer and eighth-leading rebounder in school history. As a senior, Fant averaged 13.8 points and 8.4 boards per game.

But when his hoops eligibility ran out, Fant had to decide what to do next. So he joined the football program.

"You look at what some of the guys who played basketball have been able to do in the NFL, it gets your attention," Fant told the Lexington Herald Leader back in August.

From an athletic perspective, Fant is impressive. He ran a 4.83 40-yard dash, posted a 37-inch vertical and had a broad jump of 9 feet, 11 inches at his pro day, according to WBKO. Those numbers made him the third most athletic offensive lineman in this year's class in terms of SPARQ.

But there's obviously a rawness to Fant and a question about where his skills would best be used.

"We're not sure if he's going to play tackle or tight end, but that's a 285-pound man that ran like 4.82 and is working out," Schneider said during an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle. "He has really good hands."

Fant was listed at 250 pounds during his basketball days, but he obviously bulked up for football. Last year was an adjustment period, as Fant played in 12 games, but caught just one pass for 7 yards.

The Seahawks have shown in the past that they trust their player development. They are willing to change players' positions or add guys with limited experience. Garry Gilliam, for example, had just four starts on the offensive line in college, but now is expected to start at left tackle.

Starting with this week's rookie minicamp, they will get a closer look at Fant to see where he has the best chance to succeed.

"They asked what I want to play, and I said I just want to be an athlete," Fant told the Bowling Green Daily News after his pro day. "Whatever you need me to do. I can play tight end, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, D-end. Wherever you want to put me at, I'm going to learn it. That's the kind of person I've always been. If you need me to long snap, I'll long snap. I'll do it."