December 22, 2010

Enes Kanter Would Play Sophomore Year if Ruled Eligible

Enes Kanter may not be able to suit up for Kentucky this season, but next season is reportedly still a possibility.

Kanter's father said that if the NCAA were to grant his son a sophomore season, he would spend it in Lexington rather than turning pro, according to Mike DeCourcy. Kanter was initially ruled ineligible for accepting monetary benefits that exceeded those deemed "necessary" when he played professionally in his native Turkey.

"Enes would do anything to play and help UK, his teammates and fans," Mehmet Kanter wrote. "In the last two years, one thing me and Enes never discussed was him being pro. He didn't mention to me about NBA or draft and I guarantee you as a father -- if that's the NCAA's decision Enes will be a sophomore next year (at) UK."

Kentucky has resubmitted its case to the NCAA in light of the organization's findings regarding Auburn QB Cam Newton and his father's involvement in a pay-for-play scheme with Mississippi State. Kanter's father, Mehmet, spoke to that point as well.

"I been saying from beginning of the review there has never been any monetary exchange between Enes and Fenerbahce (a Turkish club team)," the elder Kanter said. "Enes was 16 years old, never had any knowledge about any accounts and everything has been between me and Fenerbahce."

The NCAA has yet to rule on the appeal and there is no timetable.

Evan Hilbert

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