ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- UNC Asheville's Kenny George, at 7-foot-7 the nation's tallest college basketball player, is not expected to play this season because of a foot injury.
George had two surgical procedures for a serious infection on his right foot and remains hospitalized under the care of a specialist. The senior is not expected to return to school this semester.
"It's very unlikely that he'll play this year," coach Eddie Biedenbach said.
Biedenbach said George first felt discomfort last month during Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Las Vegas. When he returned to his native Chicago a doctor recommended immediate surgery.
George was the Big South's defensive player of the year after helping the Bulldogs win a school-record 23 games and reach the NIT last season. George averaged 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
Information from ESPN.com college basketball writer Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press is included in this report