NCAA president Mark Emmert has said that no one should be surprised that Kentucky signee Enes Kanter was ruled ineligible.
“The vast majority of people in collegiate basketball knew that this was an issue with Enes Kanter,” Emmert told SI.com. “Kentucky knew it. Everybody who talked with him knew it.”
True. Only a handful of schools chose to even roll the dice and go after Kanter. Some American prep schools even turned away from the European big man because they felt he was “unclearable.”
(Interestingly, Washington was one of the few schools to pursue Kanter. Emmert was UW’s president before taking over at NCAA headquarters.)
While others might have considered Kanter a longshot, that doesn’t mean John Calipari likes the ruling or the aftermath. “You made your decision, why keep commenting?” UK’s coach asked the press about Emmert.
The coach says that Kanter will now probably put his name in the NBA draft lottery… against his wishes. “He did not want to put his name in the draft. Had no desire to at all. Now I don’t think he has a whole lot of choices, but that’s not what he wanted to do.”
Here’s a bit more on Kanter, his options and his plans.