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Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 1:34 pm
 
Posted by Matt Jones

With Kentucky close to entering SEC play on Saturday versus Georgia, the status of the elephant in the UK locker room is also about to be determined.  A source has confirmed that today is the day when Enes Kanter's final appeal will be heard by the NCAA.  The Turkish big man's saga has been a confusing one.  After initially being ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA due to benefits he accepted while a member of a Turkish basketball club, Kanter's appeal was then delayed after the Cam Newton decision.  Kentucky went back to the NCAA, citing supposed "new information" and since the NCAA agreed to rehear the case, Kanter and UK have been in limbo.

Now, according to sources, Kanter will face the NCAA appeals board this afternoon, with a decision expected within the next 72 hours.  Because the Kanter situation has been deemed an "appeal", it is assumed that Kanter lost his rehearing with the NCAA, although no official ruling has been released.  The appeal this afternoon will likely represent the final stage of Kanter's eligibility determination by the NCAA, and one way or the other, Kentucky and Kanter should get closure on the process.  Many NBA scouts project Kanter to be a potential Top 5 pick in this year's NBA Draft, although his father has stated that if allowed to play next season, he will return to the University of Kentucky.

For the state of Kentucky, the "Free Enes" campaign has gone non-stop for over three months.  By next Monday, we will know if it worked.

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jpwyllys
Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:37 pm
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Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

If he has indeed helped Harrelson be that much better, it is scary to think how good Kanter is.  The NCAA is an old organization, and Emmert  is a new face to the same ole' ugly thing.


Check out Kanter breaking the Hoop Summit world team record of 33 points set by Dirk Nowitzki in 1998. Had 13 or 14 rebounds in that game too. I think that says more about his ability than anything I could but that's probably got more to do with the NCAA not letting the kid play than most think. Kid looks tough. And made Sullinger look bad.





Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

In the event he is ruled ineligible, and I would not put that past the erratic and biased NCAA organization, then I would presume that he could serve as a student manager and help Harrelson along the way.  If he has indeed helped Harrelson be that much better, it is scary to think how good Kanter is.  The NCAA is an old organization, and Emmert  is a new face to the same ole' ugly thing.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

As long as he's still allowed to practice with Kanter, Harrellson will keep getting better.

My understanding of the rules, and I may be wrong, but I think if he's ruled permantently ineligible again he can't practice. That's it and he'd have to stop.


I also genuinely think that if Kanter is allowed to play next year, he will. I can't imagine him fighting this hard to turn around and go to the NBA next year. I know the money would be hard to pass up, but it seems like he really wants to play at least one year for UK.

From his fathers statements you're right. He stated that if Kanter can play next year he'll be at Kentucky. And the kid has already turned down several contracts each worth millions to come here and play in the U.S. so I don't think it's too much of a stretch to believe that he'd come back next season.

Guess we'll know soon enough but considering it's the NCAA I seriously doubt we'll ever see the kid playing at Kentucky. He's too good and it's worth more money for the NCAA to not reinstate him under any circumstances.


jpwyllys
Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:14 pm
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Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

Regardless of the outcome, it'll be nice to have this settled.

I agree.

Given how well Josh Harrellson has improved during the course of the season so far, UK's chances look much brighter if Kanter is not eligible.

I'm not so sure that Harrellson's progression doesn't have at least something to do with Kanter pushing him in practice but I definitely think UK would be a better team with Kanter as opposed to playing without him.

I'd hardly expect the NCAA to show any consistency, because their rulings on these types of things seem subject to whatever whimsy they are prone to at the time. You'd think, if anything, the NCAA wants Kanter playing, because it will undoubtedly equal dollars for them.

They've shown consistency jpwyllys...whatever is best for their bottom line. And maybe the reason they don't want Kanter to play is that it's worth more money to them if he doesn't.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

The NCAA is corrupt. That is all.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

The NCAA is a joke! Also letting the Ohio State Players play in the Bowl game was a real knee slapper!



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

*someone like



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

Hey UK, you know I hate you but best of luck with the ruling.  The way the NCAA has been lately, they might give you a ruling on someone  Forrest Gump from Greenbow, Alabama.  They just do NOT have it together.


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