June 17, 2011

Kanter likened to ‘Big Foot:’ Unknown of NBA Draft

ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla was messing with Sasquash when appraising the NBA Draft stock of would-be Kentucky big man Enes Kanter.

“He’s kind of like Big Foot,” Fraschilla said Thursday on an ESPN-sponsored teleconference. “There’s been a couple of sightings.”

Of course, the NCAA ruled Kanter permanently ineligible because he received compensation in excess of permitted amounts while playing for a professional team in his native Turkey. That meant Kanter did not play in games this past season. The year before, he only played for a prep school.

Still, Fraschilla judged Kanter as a solid lottery pick at 6-foot-11, 262 pounds and five percent body fat.

“Pretty good prototype of Al Horford-type center-forward,” Fraschilla said.

While acknowledging that Kanter did not have a “large resume,” Fraschilla said he deferred to UK Coach John Calipari’s judgment.

“I’m going to go by what John Calipari said,” Fraschilla said. “Kanter could have been realistically what Jared Sullinger was for Ohio State.”

Chad Ford, a draft analyst for ESPN, wondered aloud how the two-year absence from games might affect Kanter.

Kanter likened to ‘Big Foot:’ Unknown of NBA Draft
Jerry Tipton
June 16th, 2011

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