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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 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.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:45 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Kanter deemed ineligible, yet Corey Maggette got to play... Interesting.

grograns, I know how much that the Maggette/Piggie scandal sickens you, because you bring it up every chance you get. I can understand the frustration of all the Duke haters, such as yourself, because Duke and Krzyzewski always get thier way. Undecided

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.

Life is too short to harbor that much hatered. It just may just  send you to an early grave.Wink

As far as the Kanter ruling goes. He has got a snowball's chance in hell, that this ruling will be overturned. Why Cal ever thought he would be ruled eligible is beyond me. He was paid in excess, and EVERYONE knew it. I guess Cal's cash does not hold as much weight as Krzyzewski's....LOL.

Oh well, maybe UK will still let him have that free ride to a college degree. That is only reason he wanted to go to UK. right? Tongue out

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:32 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Five stars jimlowe. Excellent post and thanks for clearing some of this up for the rest of us since saying someone accepted $33,033 dollars is one thing vs. explaining the intent behind that money.

Clearly the Kanters did in fact accept the money in question. But what they didn't know is they were obviously being purposely misled by those involved with this transaction in the Fenerbahçe Ülker organization. And it's obvious the Kanter's intent was for their son to retain his eligibility if they still have $20,000 sitting in an account unused. So the money the NCAA is disputing is the other $13,033 dollars used by the Kanters for educational expenses.

I'm still confused on one part of your post though.

The problem from the NCAA's viewpoint is that the ball club had to pay those educational expenses DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL/TUTORS rather than give them to the family to use as needed as long as it was properly documented. 

Seems contradictory or inconsistant. If Fenerbahce Ulker gave the money to the Kanters and the majority of that money is still sitting in an account unused then it couldn't have been paid directly to the school/tutors. In addition if the Kanters are willing to provide documentation and proof of what that money was spent on and it falls within the guidelines of whats allowed by the NCAA as well as repay what was deemed inappropriate then they've not only set precedent with Kanter they've also made it even more difficult for future foreign players to come to the states and participate. As well as made their own rules changes this past spring to allow more leniency and encourage foreign players to come here pretty much redundant, irrelevant and in keeping with their Machiavellian principals.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:25 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Here is the problem. Deniz Kilicli couldn't play in West Virginia's first 20 games because he played on a pro team in Turkey. Kilicli didn't even get paid. Now what you are saying is that $33000 was paid for education purposes. I am not someone who has lived in Turkey, but what little I do know is that the standard of living is less there. The per capita is less around $10,000 per year. Obviously, $33,000 buys a lot of education.

Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:09 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Both the Turkey team and the Kanters have stated that the $33000 were for educational expenses. $20K of which the Kanters say they used for just that and the other $13K is in the bank. How can money for educational expenses be deemed "above necessary expenses" by the NCAA?

The NCAA is basically setting a precedent that in order for a young European player to play in the NCAA - they can play on professional team but they better NOT get an education paid for by the team! That's ridiculus!

The NCAA is stressing athletics over academics! That makes no sense at all!

Which I guess - for the NCAA and Parrish - makes perfect sense.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:42 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Thats because Duke has a seperate set of rules to live by. If not coach Krapo-zinski would surely have them on probation, but if that were to ever happen ESPN, would put up a boat load of money to get them off the hook!

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:30 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Typical Tarhole fan. The same no that 14 year old told you.  Cal understands just fine.  He was trying to help a kid who wanted to go to college.  And Bledsoe was found to not have broken any rule.    Why don't you go have a coke with ole Roy and STFU.

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 4:54 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling


Give it a rest. I can see you are a "deep in the bag" fan of UK but Kanter broke the rules. End of story.

Move on to something with a future and stop crying about the matter.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:59 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

I have a question for Calisatchel: What is it about the word NO that you do not understand?

Every other major college basketball coach in the country knew that there was no way Kanter would be eligible under any circumstances and the very idea that the NCAA would fall for this scam was laughable.

Oh, wait a minute. I almost forgot. This is Kentucky. Just last year, they were able to get Eric Bledsoe eligible thanks to nine mysterious grade changes that were made to his high school transcripts in Birmingham.

Also, how could we forget the "magic fax" that was located in the Kentucky basketball office in the middle of the season a few years ago that immediately allowed Randolph Morris to regain his eligibility in the middle of the season?

On the flip side, the NCAA ruling on Kanter will still produce some positive developments for Kentucky.
Not only will Kanter now be able to focus on his academic work (heh, heh, heh), but Kentucky will now be under the salary cap, which will allow them to improve on next year's already top rated recruiting class of one and done NBA mercenaries.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:12 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.  When the numbers show how prevalent the practice is, they can discard this antiquated notion of the amateur athlete, and go about truly making the system work for the good of the players and programs, not the enrichment and empowerment of the NCAa itself.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:20 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Kanter deemed ineligible, yet Corey Maggette got to play... Interesting.

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