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Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 8:02 pm
 
"If Kentucky gets Enes Kanter eligible, I'm recruiting Ricky Rubio next year."

That's what a coach told me a couple of months back, and I think he was joking but I can't say for sure. Either way, what I took from that statement was this: The NCAA allowing Kanter to play despite his background as a professional basketball player in Turkey would, in the eyes of most everybody outside of Kentucky, set a dangerous precedent. That's why I said on a radio show in Louisville on Wednesday that I did not believe the NCAA would clear Kanter, and why I wasn't stunned when the NCAA announced Thursday that it has ruled the UK freshman permanently ineligible.

Kentucky will appeal, of course.

But good luck with that.

The reality is that the NCAA has concluded that Kanter received $33,000 above his necessary expenses for the 2008-09 season with a professional team in Turkey, and there's little reason to think any lawyer will be able to make the NCAA conclude otherwise. Essentially, Kanter is a professional regardless of what those pushing his cause insisted. And though I realize the ongoing saga centered around Auburn quarterback Cam Newton suggests otherwise, professionals -- or anybody whose amateur status has been knowingly and seriously compromised -- still aren't allowed to compete under the NCAA umbrella.

So what now for the Wildcats?

Smallball, for starters.

This development -- combined with Daniel Orton's unexpected jump to the NBA after one season -- has Calipari operating with a roster short on tall people. Terrence Jones is a 6-foot-9 freshman who is talented. But when Scout.com lists one of your weaknesses as "post play," well, that's a decent indication that you're not ready to be DeMarcus Cousins. In all seriousness, Jones is good, and he'll be good. But he's not a natural lowpost presence, and he'll have to drastically adjust his mindset to serve as UK's top post player because I don't believe Eloy Vargas, a 6-11 junior, is a difference-maker down low.

Beyond that, it's mostly just a bunch of guards and wings.

They're gifted guards and wings, to be sure, gifted enough, in fact, to still lead Kentucky to very good things. But whereas last season's Wildcats had no ceiling, these Wildcats almost certainly do now. This team will likely prove to be one player away from greatness, and that one player will end up being the guy the NCAA took away Thursday.
Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

coachKball....

Amateur receives money ---> Amateur loses amateur status ---> No longer eligible to play for a college or university.

Seems pretty similar to me.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

coachKball... That says a lot about Maggette's character, doesn't it? Hahahahahahaha!

You're right about that. I am Sure glad he only was around for 1 season. That is not the Coach K way....hahahahahah.



And it is the same situation... An amateur student/athlete received money which by the NCAA's rules is forfeiture of amateur status


True, that they both received money while being amateur's, but 2 TOTALLY different set of circumstances. Maggette never played for a professional club, and he what he was doing was 100% wrong. The two are not comparable.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

"weak ass SEC" - so weak it is ranked as the third best conference in the nation right now.....ahead of the Big East.  You should do some research before you spew at the mouth and make yourself look stupid.

I'm pretty sure the Pac-10 and SEC were the 6th and 5th rated conference. With The Big East being third. Not sure where your argument is coming from.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

"However, how can you make that statement that you did at the top of this post? Maggette was paid (under the table) and Kanter's payments were made for the whole world to see. Not even anywhere close to the same situation."

coachKball... That says a lot about Maggette's character, doesn't it? Hahahahahahaha! And it is the same situation... An amateur student/athlete received money which by the NCAA's rules is forfeiture of amateur status. 



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:45 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

I cannot believe that this many Kentucky fans are trying to argue there point about a situation with imformation they gained through hearsay.  If you look at the NCAA's timeline you can clearly see that the NCAA has spent over 6 months interviewing the parties and thoroughly looking through the available records.  Every UK fan on this website acts like they personally are the accountants for the Kanter's and they can make a better arguement than the Lawyers hired by the University.  This comes from the same fanbased that claimed that the family did not need the money because the father is a Doctor.  Well he is a Doctor in terms that he earned a Ph.D, but I would not look to Doctor Kanter if I need antibotics, maybe if I need help with a socialogy paper, but if I am sick I will stick with a MD. 

You guys took put your chips on double zero with this kid knowing the odds of him being cleared were a longshot.  But that is what happens in the world of high risk = high reward.  Sometimes you get players like John Wall and sometimes you get guys like Enes Kanter.  Some are cleared some are banished.  Thanks for playing!



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:37 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

"weak ass SEC" - so weak it is ranked as the third best conference in the nation right now.....ahead of the Big East.  You should do some research before you spew at the mouth and make yourself look stupid.



Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:04 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Kentucky has a decent rebounder in Harrellson. I don't understand why Coach Cal won't start him. Is Cal more interested in giving "his" recruits exposure to NBA scouts than winning?



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:49 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Wow- only 33,000.00 from a club team?  The kid should have gone to Auburn.  He could have got paid and still been in good NCAA standing.    Kentucky should thank the NCAA- now they wont have tostrip Cal of another title.  At least not for Kanter.... 



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:25 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

I love how schools like Georgetown were recruiting Jones to be  3/4 and play on the wing and now suddenly he's capable of playing center. Lol good luck with that. Kid's much more of a point forward. Has no post game and is not strong enough to keep true big men from scoring.  Luckily Kentucky plays in the weak ass SEC.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:03 am
 

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

The NCAA should declare a blanket immunity for all basketball players who have left college as of 2010, and then ask them how many received improper benefits.

zcg, that's a hoot!  Those clowns would have to walk straight from the NCAA headquarters to the IRS, wouldn't they?



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