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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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Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:53 pm
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Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:53 pm

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

But it's okay for parents to shop out their kids to the highest bidder?  Anybody who thinks Cam didn't know what his dad was doing is in some serious denial.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:43 pm

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

Everybody starts out as an amateur.  It's the guys who take money and benefits in excess of a defined amount that are considered professionals.  Kanter is a professional, according to the finances.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:42 pm

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

Hey, NCAA man, while you're at it, can you make a decision on Tony Mitchell?  I mean it's been six months and no answer yet.

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:42 pm

Enes Kanter Situation Close to a Conclusion

The best thing Kanter could hear is that he is allowed to play next year. Even then he will likely go pro. There is something very wrong with the NCAA when a kid wants to be an amateur and they do not let him play.

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