Former Western Kentucky forward will play college football next season

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George Fant exhausted his college basketball eligibility at Western Kentucky after a very productive four-year career that included all-conference honors in his final three seasons. Now the 6-foot-6, 250-pound forward will attempt to transition to football, as basketball coach Ray Harper told the Bowling Green Daily News that Fant will try his hand on the gridiron for the Hilltoppers.

“You will still have the opportunity to see him on the Hill as he’s going to play football next year,” Harper said in the report. “We are desperately going to miss big George.”

Fant averaged 13.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during his senior season at Western Kentucky and he was a second-team All-Conference USA selection. He hasn’t played organized football since the eighth grade but he’ll get one season of college football eligibility after exhausting four in another sport.

Tight end will be the likely position for Fant on the gridiron and that’s often the position that basketball players transition to if they try their hand at football.