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Hoops star Troutman to try out with 'Skins

PITTSBURGH (April 28, 2005) -- Chevon Troutman, who just finished a stellar career as a power forward on the University of Pittsburgh basketball team, will be at the Washington Redskins' minicamp this week in hopes of becoming an NFL tight end.

Troutman, 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, has said he would prefer to play in the NBA and still hopes to be invited to the league's pre-draft camp in Chicago in June.

On April 26, the Denver Broncos signed Wesley Duke, a four-year basketball starter at Mercer. Antonio Gates, who played basketball but not football at Kent State, developed last year into a Pro Bowl tight end for the San Diego Chargers.

Troutman wasn't signed to a contract but the Redskins said if he is impressive at the minicamp, he could sign a contract.

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