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Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

Posted on: December 22, 2010 2:00 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Is it possible a probable top-five NBA pick would bypass playing pro for a chance to wear Kentucky threads?

According to Enes Kanter's father, yes.

Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy, who's had contact with Dr. Mehmet Kanter before, corresponded with him again recently. Dr. Kanter is making Internet headlines this afternoon because of these words:

“Enes would do anything to play and help UK, his teammates and fans,” Mehmet Kanter wrote. “In the last two years, one thing me and Enes never discussed was him being pro. He didn’t mention to me about NBA or draft and I guarantee you as a father – if that’s the NCAA's decision Enes will be a sophomore next year in UK.”
DeCourcy's piece emphasizes the point: the elder Kanter is speaking on behalf of his son and guaranteeing Enes Kanter will play for John Calipari next year if the NCAA rules him permanently ineligible for this season.

Easy to say now, when the money's not spread out on a table before him and aren't in the room, painting the picture of just how rich Kanter can be by June of 2011.

The basic rundown on Enes Kanter, if you need the catching up: He's a Turkish-born player who, in order to further his career/improve his chances at playing collegiately in the United States, played on a professional team, Fenerbahce Ulker, in his home country. But after UK recruited him and Kanter was admitted into the school, it was discovered he received too much money while playing overseas. That led to him being declared ineligible. The NCAA doesn't prohibit young men from playing on pro teams; the rub is all in the amount of money they receive. It was deemed Kanter was paid beyond normal living expenses.

Since then, it's been a lot of back and forth, and the general manager of Fenerbahce hasn't been so helpful in the process (he would benefit from Kanter going back to Turkey and playing there which, yeah, isn't happening). Kentucky shifted its attack with the NCAA three weeks ago, dropping its appeal of the decision and instead realigning and presenting an entirely new case on Kanter's eligibility.

That's where we stand now. Word could and should come soon on if Kanter can and will play for UK this season. This process has felt like it's been going on four times as long as it should have.

Beyond everything, this gives Kentucky fans more hope they'll get to see a player in their team's uniform ... at some point ... maybe. He's become a cult figure in the Bluegrass State because of this elongated drama.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:43 pm

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

Kansas folk, you sound scared. Everything okay? Got your ineligible player back on the court? Worried that you haven't played a team ranked higher than 500 yet? And won't until tourney time?

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:40 pm

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

Hilarious. Who has been on probation more than any other school in history? KASASS.

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 4:49 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

You make good points really you do.  The NCAA is a joke.  But UK and Calimari are not going to get the benefit of any doubt with his track record.  He is a cheat and everyone knows it. 
The NCAA just naturally assumes if Calimari is involved, there has to be something fishy about it.
Any other questions?

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 4:44 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

No he'll take the money just like he did last time.  HE wants to play at UK because he knows ol' Calimari will come through with dough.
You guys made a deal witht he devil, and it is only a matter of time before you have to vacate wins, and good ol' Kansas will pass you on the all-time wins list for all time.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 6:38 pm

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

no vegas lance, im not sorry to be a louisville fan.  you see, louisville fans don't make meth in their bathtubs and have all of their teeth unlike their redneck brothers at uk.  if you think calimari is going to get uk anything but vacated seasons then you're crazy.  bah, uk probably won't even beat uofl this year despite all the 5 star recruits.  cal can pay players but can't coach worth a damn. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

OH, I get it now "ewinter43" you are just another sorry Louisville Cards fan.  Sorry becasue you know Cal will continue to get the players and whip your butts each and every year. 

Keep hating!  We love it! 


Go Cats!

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:59 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

He played as a nonprofessional on a professional team in order to even get to play the sport her loved.  People need to consider this was in Turkery.  Last I checked, there is no NCAA consulate located anywhere in Europe. I love how people like to assume that his family knew what they were doing and accepted money because they were greedy.  They had NO IDEA that the NCAA would hold it against them.  Lighten up people.  Oh, and FREE ENES!!

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2010 10:42 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

auburn opened the can of worms with cam newton weeks ago

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:33 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?


Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:05 am

Could Enes Kanter return to Kentucky next season?

so... where should he has played instead? In Europe it's a little bit different than here. You can't play for school teams, because they simply don't exist. If you're good, you automatically play for the youth squad of a professional team. And the players get paid for, because mostly they live in homes the club owns and you have  to pay for school and pay rent for your home.
So he can get paid for school, but he can't get paid to buy some clothes or go out with his friends? that's bs. He received the money, ok, but he didn't even spend it and he doesn't get money now. Why isn't he still an amateur? Youth soccer players always get paid in professional clubs, but they're still amateurs until they sign a professional contract, which Kanter didn't according to the news... only because he's received money, he isn't automatically a pro.

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