Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter’s last-ditch appeal to get on the court this season is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
According to a source close to the situation, FOXSports.com has learned that the Kentucky freshman’s fate should be determined by the NCAA in the day or so following the appeal, which was filed in early December, two days after the NCAA’s decision to allow Auburn quarterback Cam Newton to play in the BCS Championship Game.
Kanter was ruled “permanently ineligible” by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff earlier this season for receiving benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing in Turkey.
The initial appeal in front of the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee was upheld, but Kentucky then filed a last-ditch appeal based on the Newton case — in which the football star is allowed to play because the NCAA ruled he was unaware of the pay-for-play scenario put forth by his father.
The 6-foot-10 Kanter played three years with Fenerbahce, and both Kentucky and the NCAA Eligibility Center agreed that he received $33,033 more than his expenses for the 2008-09 campaign.
Kanter is considered a sure-fire lottery pick, one of the elite big men in the country and potentially even the top overall pick in next June’s NBA draft, according to multiple NBA executives.
The 11th-ranked Wildcats are 12-2 and will begin SEC play on Saturday at Georgia.