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Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 8:02 pm
"If Kentucky gets Enes Kanter eligible, I'm recruiting Ricky Rubio next year."

That's what a coach told me a couple of months back, and I think he was joking but I can't say for sure. Either way, what I took from that statement was this: The NCAA allowing Kanter to play despite his background as a professional basketball player in Turkey would, in the eyes of most everybody outside of Kentucky, set a dangerous precedent. That's why I said on a radio show in Louisville on Wednesday that I did not believe the NCAA would clear Kanter, and why I wasn't stunned when the NCAA announced Thursday that it has ruled the UK freshman permanently ineligible.

Kentucky will appeal, of course.

But good luck with that.

The reality is that the NCAA has concluded that Kanter received $33,000 above his necessary expenses for the 2008-09 season with a professional team in Turkey, and there's little reason to think any lawyer will be able to make the NCAA conclude otherwise. Essentially, Kanter is a professional regardless of what those pushing his cause insisted. And though I realize the ongoing saga centered around Auburn quarterback Cam Newton suggests otherwise, professionals -- or anybody whose amateur status has been knowingly and seriously compromised -- still aren't allowed to compete under the NCAA umbrella.

So what now for the Wildcats?

Smallball, for starters.

This development -- combined with Daniel Orton's unexpected jump to the NBA after one season -- has Calipari operating with a roster short on tall people. Terrence Jones is a 6-foot-9 freshman who is talented. But when lists one of your weaknesses as "post play," well, that's a decent indication that you're not ready to be DeMarcus Cousins. In all seriousness, Jones is good, and he'll be good. But he's not a natural lowpost presence, and he'll have to drastically adjust his mindset to serve as UK's top post player because I don't believe Eloy Vargas, a 6-11 junior, is a difference-maker down low.

Beyond that, it's mostly just a bunch of guards and wings.

They're gifted guards and wings, to be sure, gifted enough, in fact, to still lead Kentucky to very good things. But whereas last season's Wildcats had no ceiling, these Wildcats almost certainly do now. This team will likely prove to be one player away from greatness, and that one player will end up being the guy the NCAA took away Thursday.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 7:51 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Actually wilw410 the fact that the Kanter family has ANY money from a pro club sitting in their account would suggest that Kanter is a professional.  If the family decided to take money from a professional club and allocate money to an education whose overall cost was less than the total given to the family, then the family profited.  It does not matter if they spent the profit or not.  If someone asked you to hold some drugs for them and the cops caught you, you're still going to jail regardless of whether they were your drugs or someone else's.  You are still in posession.  If the family was really serious about keeping Enis's status amature, then they would have NEVER allowed ANY money from a PROFESSIONAL club enter their accounts.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2010 8:57 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Corruptupari at his finest...

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2010 5:29 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

coachKball... No, what it means is Duke should have to forfeit that entire season Maggette was there, but of course the NCAA will never do that to their flagship of college basketball.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2010 1:12 am

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

coachKball.... No, Maggette became INELIGIBLE when he took money from Piggie BEFORE he went to Duke. What part of THAT aren't you understanding?

Oh ok, you're right. Maggette was ruled ineligible before he came to Duke. Which of course means he never played for Duke at all. Undecided

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:32 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Regardless of you position on the issue of Kanter's eligibility, everyone should be concerned by the complete lack of the full story in the above article.  Other news outlets are clearly reporting the circumstances of the money, its intentions, uses, and unused portion. Gary Parrish and CBS felt the need to hide this information to make Kentucky and the Kanter family look bad.  In the interest of fair and ethical journalism, Gary and CBS should held accountable for misleading their readership.

The new NCAA rule is not about playing with professionals, as was the case in numerous previous cases already mentioned, but instead about the given athletes intent to remain an amateur.  In most European countries, a kid has no option but to join a professional team to develop their skills.  This has made it nearly impossible for them to come to US to play in the NCAA. The NCAA recently changed the rule so players like Enes Kanter would have the opportunity to continue their athletic develop and education in the US so long as their intent was to remain an amateur and they did not receive above necessary expenses.  For this reason, the Kenter family documented all money they received and turned down large contracts with the intent all along of keeping Enes an amateur and eligible the come play in the NCAA. The Kanter accepted the money and documented the entire amount of money in question. They used about 20,000 for well documented educational expenses and have the rest sitting untouched by the family in an account so it could be returned to the Turkish team.  Now the NCAA has decided that since the Kanter's paid the educational expenses themselves instead of having the Turkish team pay them directly he is a porfessional and therefore ineligible.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:38 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

coachKball.... No, Maggette became INELIGIBLE when he took money from Piggie BEFORE he went to Duke. What part of THAT aren't you understanding?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:03 pm


This hurts doubt. We are now in a dogfight for 3rd place in the SEC east (seriously)........kanter would have made us a legit Top 10 team; as it stands we are not a Top 25 team at this stage of the season. By year end we will be one of those NCAA 5 seeds that no one will want any part of, but right now we are a collection of talented inexperienced freshmen that will certainly get a few unexpected thumps early on. On that point, I am very concerned about our opener against ETSU. They start 5 seniors and were an NCAA team last year when the team had the same 5 would not shock me if we get pushed hard tonight.

Also.........the SEC is a very tough conference this year.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 2:53 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

Five stars jimlowe. Excellent post and thanks for clearing some of this up for the rest of us since saying someone accepted $33,033 dollars is one thing vs. explaining the intent behind that money.

just retyped the Mike Decourcy article that can be found here:

The issue is pretty muddled, but you can't allow people to get a pass if they "didn't intend" to break the rules. I can hear it now, "but I didn't intend on shooting that guy, officer". Yeah, you're still busted, sorry.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:35 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

What part of gone do you not understand?  Maggette became ineligible when he got drafted by the Sonics.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:17 pm

Kentucky loses Kanter, gains a ceiling

All I can say is Karma is b!tch and this was predictable and anyone who offered this kid a scholarship was foolish.  Looks like ol Cal did Washington a favor by snaking this kid away.  Saves the huskies the headache and just proves the win at all costs attitude will eventually catch up with you.  If you disagree then ask yourselves why would every program in the country not offer a scholly to this kid b/c by all accounts he's a beast.  Kentucky will be fine but until they stop offering scholarships to kids with questionable academic backgrounds and amatuer status they will continue to have these problems.

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