Cal State Fullerton basketball player takes up the gridiron

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played basketball at Miami. Antonio Gates did the same at Kent State. The same could be said for Tony Gonzalez at Cal, and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas at Portland State.

Former Cal State Fullerton power forward Andre Hardy hopes to walk in those basketball-turned-football players’ footsteps. Hardy has hired an agent, Bardia Ghahremani, and scheduled a Pro Day-style workout for Wednesday, April 4 at noon at Hoover High School in San Diego. Ghahremani told PFT that five teams have already confirmed they’ll attend.

Hardy is listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds with an expected forty time in the range of 4.71. He’s also done 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds and can jump 35 inches vertically. Hardy averaged 7.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in four seasons on the hardwood, two at Oral Roberts before he transferred to CSU Fullerton for his junior and senior campaigns.

While Hardy spent the last four years playing hoops, football does run in his family. Hardy’s father, also named Andre, was a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and spent three seasons in the NFL.

25 responses to “Cal State Fullerton basketball player takes up the gridiron

  1. In other words, he forgot to major in anything and the basketball clubs in Europe don’t seem interested.

  2. There are a few B Ballers who have already had pro days. Derek Carrier, Dale Moss, Les Brown. Their numbers were a lot more impressive than Hardy’s and they probably have a better chance of making the transition to pro football.

  3. I don’t know why people forget about Julius Peppers when they write about college basketball players playing football. Peppers was a two sport athlete for UNC. Frankly, Antonio Gates was probably the only one listed above that was a better basketball player. Peppers played ACC hoops – just a wee bit better than a Cal State Fullerton schedule.

  4. Good luck to Hardy with this. The NFL is a copycat league, and with the playoff success of the likes of Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Gronk, etc., there are teams looking hard to find capable tight ends with the size and speed and blocking ability and hands to perform on the gridiron. It sounds like Hardy’s measurables are strong — if his blocking skills and hands are up to snuff, he should at least receive some consideration from NFL teams needing a receiving threat at tight end.

  5. He has TE size and so-so LB speed. He probably can’t block.

    Unless he can muster CB speed, the only way he’s getting in the game is with a ticket.

  6. I have to agree with thebigtexas – how could Silva include Julius Thomas and leave out Julius Peppers. His UNC teams weren’t the greatest Tar Heel teams ever, but come on it’s UNC basketball! If I remember right he was a physical 3/4 who was a part time starter/6th man.

    Evan, your article would have been a lot better if you’d chosen the right Julius.

  7. @thebigtexas:

    um…….. Jimmy Graham didn’t even play football in college, so I hope we was a better basketball player.

    In the ACC, no less.

  8. I Think this should start happening more, bball players turning in to tight ends could completely change the NFL, tight ends are all ready becoming more important

  9. Is there any football résumé for Hardy???

    If he at least played high school football I would not be concerned. However, there doesn’t seem to be a real football résumé!!!

    His only chance of making a roster is the fact that this year’s tight end class is weak!!!

  10. He will make it into the NFL but will go as an undrafted FA. There are too many good TE’s in this years draft. Probably not the best year to switch sports.

  11. @ realitypolice –

    Ummmm….Jimmy Graham DID play football in college. Had 17 catches for 213 yards and 5 TDs.

    He was just an average basketball player at best.

    Peppers is still the best crossover player (basketball to football) in the NFL.

    And cball77 is correct – Peppers was a solid contributor/6th man on a UNC team with some talented players in front of him.

  12. realitypolice, you are wrong. jimmy graham DID play football at the U, he played one year and was pretty decent that’s why he choose the gridiron over b-ball as a profession!

  13. Some of these names are not like the others. An All-American Tight End in college, who also plays basketball and leaves early to be drafted in 1st round in the NFL is not a “basketball-turned-football player.” But guys who exclusively play basketball 4 years, with no professional future in that sport, and then switch sports to turn Pro ARE.

  14. Graham in college. Think Anthony Mason with no offense, except dunks on poor defensive rotations, and about 1/10th the minutes per game.

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 2, 2012 4:12 PM

    The Vikings are all over this guy.

    HA HA HA……..SIKE! My Raiders were “all over this guy” and signed him today (pre-draft) as an UDFA.

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