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Kanter Hurts Watching UK Play

The chances of Enes Kanter being cleared to play college basketball were slim.  That’s why the vast majority of colleges — and even prep schools — didn’t try to ink the big man from Turkey.

But John Calipari did try.  And he succeeded in getting him signed.  But he couldn’t get him cleared.

Kanter told Yahoo! Sports yesterday that not playing hurts him.

“I cry when I watch the game.  When I watch them play, I’m sad because I cannot help my teammates.  When I see them losing, it’s frustrating.”

As for the NCAA’s ruling, Kanter voices his displeasure with class.  “They’re just trying to do their job, but I think they’re wrong.  I didn’t want to be a professional.  That’s why I came here.”

“(International players) should come over here because basketball, education and everything is two times better.  But after they heard about me, they’re going to be scared and say, ‘Enes could not play so maybe we can’t play.”

Three quick points:

1.  As we’ve said before, we would have liked for the NCAA to have given Kanter’s family a chance to pay back the money they made from a European club team… thus allowing Kanter to play college ball.

2.  When he’s snapped up in the NBA draft this year, he’ll be able to dry his tears with hundred dollar bills.

3.  Does it make us xenophobic to say that in the long run, the college game might be better off by not bringing in even more one-and-doners — in this case — one-and-doners from overseas?


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