Tag:Enes Kanter
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:26 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 9:30 am

Newton case gives UK new angle with Kanter

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Kentucky officials have asked the NCAA for an opportunity to submit additional information regarding the eligibility of freshman Enes Kanter, the school and NCAA announced Friday via a joint statement. A source told CBSSports.com that the decision is a reaction to this week's ruling on Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton, who was cleared to play without conditions in Saturday's SEC Championship Game because the NCAA could not prove he ever knew his father shopped him to Mississippi State before he ultimately enrolled at Auburn.

Kanter was ruled permanently ineligible on Nov. 11 when the NCAA announced he received "benefits above actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey," and UK agreed with the NCAA that the amount received was $33,033. But the ruling on Newton prompted the school to argue that Kanter wasn't aware of how much money the Turkish club was paying him because his parents handled all finances, point being that his case is similar to Newton's case in that the NCAA violations that occurred happened at the parental level.

Kanter, like Newton, simply wasn't aware of his parent's dealings.

That's essentially what Kentucky will argue.

The case could start moving as soon as next week.

Kentucky plays here at North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 on CBS.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 8:02 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

"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.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:00 pm

It was only a matter of time ...

Kentucky fans have moved on to their latest cause now that the Eric Bledsoe case is behind them.

That cause is Enes Kanter.

The 6-foot-11 center hasn't yet been cleared to play as a freshman because of questions about his amateur status stemming from his association with a professional club in Turkey. Fed up with the delay, somebody named Rich Breezy has posted a "Free Enes" rap on YouTube.

Click this link and enjoy.

Or roll your eyes.


It's worth a click regardless of how you feel about the case or Kentucky in general.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:21 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 9:32 am

FYI: UK didn't pass on an impact big for Kanter

It's impossible to write anything about Kentucky -- and by Kentucky, I mean John Calipari -- without folks from both sides flooding your inbox, and I don't really mind it. I'm fully aware there's no more polarizing figure in college basketball (and perhaps American sports) than the only man to have Final Fours vacated at two different schools. But that doesn't mean the complaints against him don't have to make sense, and the main complaint I've heard about Calipari's willingness to accept a commitment from Enes Kanter despite likely amateurism issues doesn't make any sense.

The complaint?

That Calipari possibly wasted a scholarship on Kanter that could've been used on another big.

The emails that say such are in response to me writing that signing Kanter was a "gamble worth taking" and that there "never was any real downside" for Calipari despite there being a real chance that Kanter would never be cleared to play. Some readers have insisted I'm wrong, that the downside is how UK might now have to start the season without an impact center. The following is a typical note that was posted on the message board below the column: "I'm not buying the no-lose story Parrish is selling. If Kanter doesn't come then [the Wildcats] are behind where they could've been had [Calipari] used the scholarship for a different center."

What's funny is that I received many emails making that same point, but nobody ever mentioned the "different center" Kentucky could've signed instead of Kanter. Want to know why? It's because there wasn't a different center to be signed, or at least not one that could have made any real impact at a program like Kentucky.

Let's rewind: Kanter committed on March 23, which is to say when there were no other impact centers available. Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, Adreian Payne and all prospects like them had long been off the board, so there was nobody else to get. Furthermore, it's important to remember UK was, at the time, operating under the assumption that it wouldn't lose Daniel Orton to the NBA Draft. So all indications were that Calipari could afford to gamble on Kanter because he'd still have Orton either way, and, beyond that, who were the Wildcats going to take otherwise?

Again, there was nobody to take.

The best prospect taller than 6-foot-8 still on the board when Kanter committed was Terrence Jones.

And guess what?

Kentucky got him anyway.
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:34 pm

Column on the Kanter situation

Click this link to read my column on the Enes Kanter situation.

I try to explain why this was a no-lose proposition for Kentucky from the start.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 9:52 pm

Report: Kanter got $100,000-plus from pro team

The general manager of the Turkish professional team for which Enes Kanter once played is claiming the club paid the Kentucky freshman more than $100,000 in cash and benefits over a three-year span, according to a report by Pete Thamel in the New York Times.

Thamel is in Turkey covering the FIBA World Championship and met with Nedim Karakas, general manager of Fenerbahce Ulker, at Karakas' office this week. Karakas told Thamel the club has provided the NCAA with banking and housing records that show Kanter received benefits never before acknowledged, which could jeopardize the 6-foot-11 forward's amateur status.

UK officials released a statement Tuesday night.

"Kentucky is working diligently with the NCAA on this matter, and we fully support Enes Kanter and his family through this ongoing NCAA review," the statement read. "We will have no further comment."

Kanter is but one heralded freshman whose amateur status remains under review. CBSSports.com reported last month that Kansas guard Josh Selby has yet to be cleared because of questions about his amateur status. A source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday that Selby's case remains unresolved.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 3, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 4:07 pm

UK's Kanter still not cleared by NCAA

Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter is facing extensive questioning from the NCAA about his amateur status and has not yet been cleared to play for the Wildcats this season, UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy confirmed Tuesday.

The 6-foot-10 forward's amateur status is uncertain because he played for a professional team in his native Turkey before moving to the United States. Kanter will not be allowed to accompany the Wildcats on a three-day trip of exhibitions in Canada unless he is cleared by Aug. 15.

Kanter is a projected to be a top five pick if he enters the 2011 NBA Draft.

He finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds against other top prospects in April's Nike Hoop Summit.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:02 am

Washington lands Turkish star

Enes Kanter, a Turkish standout now playing at a prep school in the United States, verbally committed to Washington on Monday, giving the Huskies one of the best remaining prospects in the Class of 2010.

Kanter reportedly chose Washington over UCLA, Southern California, Indiana and UNLV.

He's a 6-foot-9 forward who rejected multiple million-dollar contracts in Europe to instead come to the United States, play at Stonebridge Prep in California and prepare to be a college freshman next year. Scout.com rates him as a five-star prospect. The site quoted an NBA scout who described Kanter as the "best player born in 1992 in Europe."

Kanter is the second Class of 2010 standout to commit to Washington.

The other is Desmond Simmons, a 6-7 forward from California.

MaxPreps.com ranks Simmons No. 90 in the Class of 2010.

(Note: Kanter's situation was detailed in a CBSSports.com column in August. Click this link to read it.)
Category: NCAAB
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