BYU is in what is being termed "the embryo stages" of bringing former Salt Lake Community College basketball star George Hardin to campus.

Hardin, a 6-5 swingman, was a Parade All-American coming out of high school in 1985. He was SLCC's second-leading scorer two years ago, averaging 17.1 points a game, and the third leading scorer last year, at 15.6 points a game. He led the team in rebounding both years, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game last season and 6.4 two years ago.He has been attending classes at Mt. San Antonio College in California, where he has reportedly earned an associate degree. If he attends BYU he could become eligible as early as Dec. 17.

Hardin is still a long way away from being a Cougar, however. Transcripts must be reviewed and interviews passed. Before he can transfer he must have a 2.0 GPA - which he reportedly has - and have a minimum number of credits he earned at Mt. SAC be transferrable to BYU. "That is the area where there can be a big hangup," said assistant BYU coach Carl Ingersoll.

Ingersoll confirmed that BYU coaches have talked with Hardin, but stressed that the process of transferring is still in the preliminary stages.