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Quote:University of Kentucky Wildcats player Enes Kanter could see his NCAA in jeopardy after claims by his former team (Fenerbahce) General Manager that they player had received around 80.000 euros in various forms from the club during the three seasons he spent with them.

So According to Fenberbahce official, Nedim Karakas, who claims to have sent all proof to the NCAA upon request, Kanter have received over 80.000 euros worth of cash, bonuses etc during the three seasons he spent with the Turkish champions.

Most of the cash the player received in his third and last season with the club receiving more than 5000 euros per month as salary.

“I am sorry for telling this for Enes, but we cannot lie if someone asks the whole story, we cannot hide.” Karakas claimed.

Kanter spent last season playing in the High School League (where many teams even refused to player his school because he was on the team) and this season he chose Kentucky to start his NCAA career. However NCAA forbids players who have been professional at any point of their career to compete in NCAA.

And as Jeff Miller of Dallas News informs us through his article NCAA takes its rules very seriously:

"The idea that playing college sports is an avocation, the NCAA Management Council recently stated, remains the “bedrock principle” of the organisation. William Saum, the NCAA’s director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities, said the stricter interpretation of amateur status came at the request of the Division One constituency that originally sought to relax the rules.

This academic year, the NCAA implemented a stricter definition of amateurism in Division One and more serious penalties for schools that violate the rules. Prospective student athletes must now provide much more extensive written proof that they have not received benefits beyond expense reimbursement from club teams. And those athletes who played on a team that included anyone else defined as a professional will face either sitting out games based on how often they played as a professional or being denied NCAA eligibility altogether.

“What the appeals committee [of amateurism violations] decided was, let’s strictly enforce the rule,” Saum said. Most of the argument associated with amateurism and international student athletes comes from an athletic culture clash, particularly involving Europe. Most promising young athletes there come through a system in which organizations operate junior developmental teams and older clubs that play in what Americans would consider professional leagues."

Prior to going to USA last year Kanter had rejected offers by Fenerbahce and Olympiacos, exactly so he could not lose his "amateur" status and be eligible to play in NCAA.

Kanter and his advisor Max Ergul have a different opinion of course and claim that Fenerbahce expenses should seen as any other pre-school expenses (scholarship which is worth around 25.000-30.000 per year in USA) and the club just covered his expenses.

Even before these latest development NCAA had yet to clear Kanter to play in some pre-season games for Kentucky last month. And right now, Kanter's career in NCAA is looking to be stalled for a long time, if not abruptly stopped alltogether.

Fenerbahce even goes as far as claiming that the total amount Kanter received since the age of 14 is around 120.000 euros. Kanter, claimed by some to be the greatest big guy prospect world wide at the moment, was not treated as the rest youth players of the club (given food and accomodation) but because of his huge potential his family was given incentives to move from Ankara (where they lived) to Istanbul (where Fenerbahce is based) and himself was given "pocket money" of 15.000-20.000 euros per year.

Fenerbahce also says that the player's "advisor" Max Ergul is in reality his agent and according to some sources he was even Ilyasova's agent back in 2007. Of course Ergul dismisses such scenarios.

Kanter's target was to play a year of college ball and then become a lottery pick in 2011 NBA draft, but right now he could be made to move back to Europe for the season and try his luck in NBA next summer, or even later. And that what Karakas thinks would be most suitable for the player with some cynicism:

“I don’t believe that Enes will be a very good student at school in the States,” he said. “He won’t be a hard worker. I know. I know his fundamentals for school. We know the education that he had before and what he did here in Turkey. But he’s a very hot prospect for basketball.”
Is this another Cenk-Akyol-type hopeful?
I think Kanter is a much bigger prospect. Such bodies are hard to come by...

According to some Turkish forum he is actually 21 and not 17...
Kanter is a key player. Cenk is not, Cenk is an important team member. Enes will be a big star, we will see..
if enes keeps up the hard work, he'll be a top 5 pick!
Is there more news about Enes Kanter? Will he be eligible to play this season because the NCAA is looking about his case
He was denied the right to play, but he appealed... Now awaiting the definite decision... I hope he can't play so he returns to Europe.
Enes Kanter ruled permanently ineligible

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's pursuit of an NCAA title won't include freshman center Enes Kanter.

The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee upheld Friday an earlier NCAA decision that deemed Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for the Turkish club team Fenerbahce two years ago.

Katz: Kentucky doesn't need Kanter

With or without Enes Kanter, Kentucky is still the team to beat in the SEC, writes Andy Katz. Blog

The ruling means Kanter will not be able to play, practice or travel with the team but will be able to receive financial aid should he choose to remain at the school.

"We are obviously disappointed in this decision and find it unfortunate that a group of adults would come to such a decision regarding the future of an 18-year-old young man," coach John Calipari said.

Calipari has maintained from the beginning that Kanter is an amateur in his eyes. He says his job now is to prepare the Kanter for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 center is projected as a top-10 draft pick.

"Enes will always be a part of our family and I plan to be by his side in the green room whenever he is drafted," Calipari said.

The decision ends a long saga that included two different attempts by the university to clear Kanter. The NCAA initially ruled Kanter ineligible on Nov. 11 by the NCAA reinstatement staff. The reinstatement committee upheld that decision on Dec. 2, but the school was granted permission to have the case reconsidered because of new information on Dec. 8.

The new action ended with a similar result. The reinstatement staff ruled against Kanter again on Dec. 10, and the appeal was heard by the reinstatement committee on Thursday.

"The final decision of the reinstatement committee is completely compatible with the collegiate model of sports our members have developed, since he received a significant amount of money, above his actual expenses, from a professional team prior to coming to college," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.

Kanter has become a cult figure during his time on campus. He was introduced to a rousing ovation during Big Blue Madness in October, walking across a smoke-filled stage while ominous music played over the speakers.

Fans have taken up a "Free Enes" movement that included T-shirts and photos of fans holding "Free Enes" banners everywhere from Rupp Arena to the U.S. Capitol.

Kanter has been allowed to practice with the team during the review process and was dressed Friday as the 10th-ranked Wildcats prepared for their Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia.

University spokesman DeWayne Peevy said it's likely Kanter will be able remain involved in the program in some capacity so long as he stays in school.

Calipari had hired Wayne Turner in September, adding the former star guard to his staff while he completes his undergraduate degree. NCAA rules allow former players who have re-enrolled in school to be used as on-court staffers.

Kanter's family could take the NCAA to court to file an injunction. Calipari said Friday "whatever they choose to do as a family, we'll support."

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=6000134

Here’s the release from the NCAA:

INDIANAPOLIS —University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter has been ruled permanently ineligible for receiving impermissible compensation from a professional team.

The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee has upheld the NCAA staff decision that Kanter received $33,033 above his actual and necessary expenses for one year while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.

The reinstatement committee is the final appeal opportunity. The independent committee is composed of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. It can reduce or remove the conditions but cannot increase the conditions imposed by the staff.

As a result of the ruling, Kanter will not be allowed to compete, practice or travel with the team as a player, but is able to receive financial aid to continue his education at Kentucky. The university has indicated it plans to designate Kanter as an undergraduate student-assistant coach. In this capacity, Kanter could perform limited coaching duties with the team.

Actual and necessary expenses are defined by NCAA rules and generally relate to a player’s expenses directly necessary for practice and competition on a team. Some examples include meals and lodging directly tied to practice or competition, coaching, medical insurance and transportation tied to practice or competition.

Kanter played three seasons with the Turkish sport club Fenerbahce from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Although he competed primarily for the club’s under-18 junior team, he did compete 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 actual expenses for the 2008-09 season.

Although a recent NCAA rule change allows prospective student-athletes to compete on teams with professionals while maintaining their amateur status before college enrollment, the membership maintained the longstanding rule that receipt of money above actual and necessary expenses from a professional team is a violation and defines the individual as a professional under NCAA legislation. That was the case here.

Kanter was initially ruled ineligible Nov. 11 by the NCAA reinstatement staff. Before reaching its decision, the reinstatement staff considered a number of factors, including: the nature and seriousness of the violation; any impermissible benefits received; the student-athlete’s level of responsibility; any mitigating factors presented by the university; applicable NCAA guidelines; and any relevant case precedent.

The original staff decision was upheld by the reinstatement committee on Dec 2.

On Dec. 8, the university asked for and was granted reconsideration of its case based upon new information. This is in keeping with NCAA policy allowing schools a second opportunity to state their case should new information become available.

The new information did not change the original statement of facts that had been agreed to by the university and the NCAA prior to the start of the reinstatement process.

After considering the new information, the reinstatement staff once again ruled Kanter permanently ineligible Dec 10. In response to the staff decision, the university chose to appeal a second time to the reinstatement committee. Kentucky’s appeal was heard on Jan. 6 and the school was informed on Jan. 7 of the committee’s decision.

“While unfortunate for Enes and the University of Kentucky, the final decision of the reinstatement committee is completely compatible with the collegiate model of sports our members have developed, since he received a significant amount of money, above his actual expenses from a professional team prior to coming to college,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.

Summary of timeline

Kanter moved to the United States in 2009 and attended a prep high school before enrolling at Kentucky in the fall of 2010.

The NCAA Eligibility Center staff first contacted Kentucky in March 2010 and Enes Kanter directly on March 24, 2010, with questions about his involvement with a Turkish professional basketball team. From the beginning and throughout the process, the university and the NCAA conducted multiple interviews and compiled documentation pertinent to the case.

In June, the NCAA staff provided Kentucky and Kanter with information it received indicating Kanter received benefits from the Turkish team. In August, Kanter and his father acknowledged receiving those benefits. From August to mid-October, NCAA staff assisted Kentucky as it pursued factual and interpretive appeals.

On Oct. 25, Kentucky agreed to the statement of facts in the case and on Oct. 27 asked the student-athlete reinstatement staff to rule on his eligibility. The staff, after an initial review, asked for more information on Nov. 1. Kentucky responded on Nov. 4 and 8, and the NCAA reinstatement staff made its decision on Nov. 11. Under NCAA student-athlete reinstatement guidelines Kanter was allowed to practice but not compete or travel with the team during the appeal process.

On Dec. 1, the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee heard the first appeal.

On Dec. 2, the committee notified the NCAA reinstatement staff it had upheld its decision of permanent ineligibility. NCAA staff then notified the University of Kentucky. During the notification call, the university indicated it had new information and requested a reconsideration.

On Dec. 8, the university forwarded its case based upon the new information to the NCAA reinstatement staff.

On Dec. 10, the NCAA reinstatement staff upheld its initial ruling of permanent ineligibility.

On Dec. 20, the university notified the NCAA it planned to appeal the second staff decision.

On Jan. 6, the reinstatement committee heard the school’s appeal before rendering its decision.

On Jan. 7, the University of Kentucky was notified that its appeal had been denied.
(09-21-2010, 11:39 AM)ZEUS Wrote: [ -> ]Is this another Cenk-Akyol-type hopeful?

Cenk akyol type???
Kanter is a very promising player and a great prospect for Turkey and for european basketball as well! Thup

In my opinion Kostas Koufos, Milan Macvan, Ante Tomic, Jonas Valanciounas and Enes Kanter are the best young big men in european scale and most of them(hopefully all of them) will be the superstars -in center position- for the next decade! Thup Thup

Of course they will join other great young european big men who already have put their names in the top like Pekovic, Sofo, E.Lorbek and M.Gasol!! Thup

Great years for european basketball! Wink