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Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 10:15 am  |  10 responses

Calipari: Enes Kanter Will Be Eligible

Coach Calipari firmly believes that this will have no impact on the highly touted incoming frosh. USA Today reports: “Kentucky coach John Calipari believes that freshman center Enes Kanter is an amateur and that Turkish club officials have ‘four million reasons’ why they want him to return to Europe. The NCAA is reviewing Kanter’s status, though Calipari said Thursday he thinks the 6-foot-11 center will suit up for the Wildcats at some point this season. ‘The kid, in my mind, is an amateur,’ Calipari said. ‘He never signed anything. He played on a club over in Europe. But how they rule that thing out, I have no idea.’ Calipari said the recent relaxing of NCAA rules pertaining to the amateur status of foreign athletes made him comfortable offering a scholarship to Kanter. ‘If you’re under 18 years of age, you’re not considered a professional in Europe anymore,’ Calipari said. ‘You couldn’t sign a FIBA contract, so you have no contract, and any games you played against professional players now do not work against you. That’s the new rules.’ Calipari said Kanter, who turned 18 on May 20, received only the necessary expenses while playing for the team and that Kanter’s family kept ‘meticulous’ records to protect Kanter’s status should it come into question…’Obviously, one side wants him back,’Calipari said. ‘There’s four million reasons they want him back.’…Kanter has been cleared to practice with the Wildcats until the NCAA issues a ruling.”

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Because Calipari has NEVER done anything against the NCAA rules at ANY school.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Honestly, I hope he will be eligible, just cause I wanna get a closer look at dude.

  • Will

    Cal has nothing on him, ask the NCAA. Roy Williams, Bill Self Rick pitino bruce pearl all do

  • T-Money

    1- signing a contract is not the determining factor. He was personally compensated to play basketball w or w/o a signed contract. 2- you dont need to be 18 to be a pro. Rubio has been a pro for a minute. I really cant see how this Guy coule be considered an amateur.

  • the truth

    Moose,

    Actually calipari has never even been charged with doing anything against NCAA rules.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    ^Yeah, but he always leaves a school full of scandals behind him.^

  • http://www.nobrain.dk nobrain.dk

    those fenerbahce losers will ruin his career.

  • http://www.solecollector.com NDP

    “The kid, in my mind, is an amateur,” Calipari said.
    //
    That could literally mean anything with Coach Cal.

  • http://Kanter ED

    Well if he or his family was paid 100K he isn’t a amatuer. Calipari is shady. Nothing has been pinned on him but the teams he is with is another story. He sprints for the door when a scandal is coming out. Pretty smart! When will he leave Kentucky for retirement or the NBA 1-2 years.

  • tRay

    ^^good point man this dude is shady he’s gonna bounce from UK just like he did in UMASS and Memphis and he’ll leave UK a mess like he did the other schools. SMH

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