Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 8:16 pm  |  26 responses

Kentucky’s Kanter Can’t Play

After a fall’s worth of drama, the NCAA has ruled Enes Kanter, a top freshman, ineligible. ESPN has more: “Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter has been ruled ineligible for receiving illegal benefits while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey, the NCAA said in a statement on its website. Kentucky will appeal the decision to the Division I Student-Athlete reinstatement committee at the end of the month. Kanter played three seasons with the Turkish sport club Fenerbahce from 2006-07 to 2008-09. He competed primarily for the club’s under-18 junior team, but did play on the club’s senior team in 2008-09. According to facts agreed to by the university and the NCAA Eligibility Center, Kanter received $33,033 more than his expenses for the 2008-09 season.”

You know what’d be kind of dope? If he ended up teaming up with Allen Iverson this season across the Atlantic.

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  • burnt_chicken

    The NCAA would eat Stern alive in a glaringly well lit alley.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Good. Pros shouldnt play college ball.

  • Blue

    Bad. Pros are playing college ball.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …..welp..big blow for this years UK squad….they’ll re-up next year in any case…..hopefully Josh Selby doesn’t get the same treatment

  • T-Money

    i really dont understand the basis of kentucky’s argument. he played games for the A team of an Euroleague club… cmon now.

  • Groves

    I think they should improve the D-League by establishing teams in bigger non-NBA markets, that way players like Kanter can play in the US…and the NBA should set up an NBA Euro League, NBA Asia League and establish a relationship with the Australian NBL. all these leagues would feed the NBA in the same way the current D-League does.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    D league doesnt pay nearly as well as a Euroleague club.

  • lazaruz

    come on now, the dude turned down millions to play highschool ball and college, give the dude a break. his family is rich, he didnt need those incentives, call BS.

  • spit hot fiyah

    lol @blue

  • ab40

    groves you are stupid. that would mean the nba would govern the basketball word. It says national you know?

  • JoeMaMa

    Player: Despite the NBA barring me from following my dream of going pro in my own country, it’s great to be here. I hear the school is going to make millions in TV deals, merchandise, and ticket sales on my, and my teammates’, names. Am I going to see any of that? School and NCAA: sorry, no. It’ll go to our maintenance of the system that allows amateur athletes to follow their dreams. Player: And is that your Benz? School president/vice president/school execs/NCAA chairman/NCAA execs/TV presenters/advertising agencies/sports store owners/coaches: umm. maybe.

  • Chris

    Kentucky fans and there players are bums. Go join A.I. bum

  • Bobby

    @ The Clack Rick Kalma – is Kanter eligible for the UK squad? His wikipedia page says he’s Turkish?

  • Bobby

    Oops – sorry about the name typo there!

  • Agent 87

    D league doesnt play nearly as well as a Euroleague club

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    That sucks. But I still think he’l big a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft.

  • tRay

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit lol Calipari is off to his same old tricks again. How does he continue to coach?!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Yea, the league needs some more tall Turkish dudes. It seems like every team has a few already….
    Selby’s case is entirely different than Kanter’s, but yes, let’s hope he gets to play for Kansas this year.

  • Hussman25

    If Kanter is done, so too may Josh Selby; Huge blows to both programs w/ Final 4 Dreams. He’s going home. Y make pennies in the D-League when he can go home and make a few more Mill to pad his account.

  • Jeff H

    Coach Cal never fails to amaze me. He bends and breaks as many rules as possible. He is a great recruiter, but how can he justify trying to say Kanter still has amateur status?

  • Cizzo

    Fire Coach Cal for even trying to pull off that ish…

  • JD

    Just cos he goes back to turkey it doesnt mean he’ll go play on the same team as Allen Iverson. Its not like thats the only team in Turkey.

  • Blue

    Coach Cal will appeal and Kanter will be eligible after Christmas.

  • http://www.nobrain.dk omer urundul

    enes is the beast. just look at his stats at 2008 european under 18 contest. he plays 40pts 20reb when he plays with his peers

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cal has gotten all of his former programs in trouble. 08 season didnt even happen. Rose went to tahiti for a year. I wonder if that would have happened had they won the title. ……. Selby should be cleared soon. Its not against the rules to know a guy. Ncaa has to prove he accepted money or whatever. If they had proof, id think they would have acted on it already.

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