December 2, 2010

UK remains uncertain about Enes Kanter’s appeal

UK is in the same state as the rest of the fan base when it comes to the Enes Kanter situation; it doesn’t know anything.
“I don’t know anything about the case or the hearing,” UK assistant coach John Robic said. “It’s really been out of our hands, so I really can’t answer that question. I’m really like everyone else around here.”

Reports surfaced on various national outlets that Kanter’s appeal of the NCAA’s initial ruling, which deemed him permanently ineligible, occurred Wednesday and a decision might be reached before the weekend.

“I don’t have a clue when we’re supposed to find out,” junior Darius Miller said. “I hope we do find out today. We’re all just hoping with our fingers crossed.”

The addition of Kanter would bolster UK’s frontcourt, which is currently helmed by senior Josh Harrellson and junior Eloy Vargas.

“We’ve all been pretty anxious,” Miller said. “He’s a great player and can be a huge help, a huge asset to the team, so we’re all just waiting just like everybody else.”

It seems like everybody is anxious — except for maybe Kanter himself.

“He seems in high spirits all the time, always making jokes, always laughing,” freshman Brandon Knight said. “Always being Enes. Not letting anything get him down.”

Kanter has been able to practice with the team since the intitial ruling of his ineligibility. He’s helped prepare the team for North Carolina’s frontcourt, which is stocked with length.

“He looks great,” Miller said. “He’s playing extremely well. He’s strong and has great footwork.”

Aaron Smith

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