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Report: Enes Kanter was paid to play.


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No **** he was paid to play. Question is how much, and if it was a salary. This NYT article is from the same guy who wrote that abortion of an article about Bledsoe...

Already the Duquesne assistant that was quoted in this article has said his comments were badly misconstrued...

I'll wait for the NCAA's decision here in a couple weeks...

edit - I also don't think Kanter will play a full season... Half a season at best, IMO...

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Ok so basically all this article did was bring public information that the NCAA, the University Kentucky, and UK fans already knew... Kanter's eligibility was definitely in question because of his experience with the team in Turkey... My view is that if the NCAA has the bank records, receipts, etc. that the Turkish GM said he gave them, then he would have been declared ineligible already. Open and shut.

I'm still thinking he won't be eligible and if he is he'll hafta face a 20 game suspension or so... The NCAA is of course the ultimate decision maker here, and who the **** knows what they're thinking at this point... Either way, this decision will set a precedent... If the NCAA wants top talent from Europe playing for universities in the States, then they will declare Kanter eligible, at least for part of the season. If they don't care, he's done. The rule change made earlier this year allowing Euro players to receive benefits from their team shows me that they'd rather have them here than not, but it's all a question as to how far they're willing to go to get him here...

Also, if Kanter had any doubts whatsoever about getting eligible, I can't see him coming over... He was going to be a top 5 NBA pick regardless. Why go to the most scrutinized school and play for the most scrutinized coach in the country and give up a year's worth of salary in Europe if there was any hint of wrongdoing? The Kanters' are smart, they wouldn't go for the risk/reward scenario presented here.

On the other hand, the risk/reward was worth it for UK and Calipari... They knew from the beginning that it would be tough getting Kanter eligible, but using a scholarship for him was worth it just in case because of his immense talent... Worst case scenario is that he's not declared eligible and a scholarship for this year is wasted. Reward is greater than the risk here.

For UK, having Kanter means being in the national title discussion. Not having Kanter means fighting for an SEC East crown and fighting for a Sweet 16 berth. He's that good. Looks to me that we're going to have to get used to the fact that he will not be suiting up for the Wildcats this year, and Eloy Vargas and Josh Harrelson better get ready to lace 'em up tight...

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I've learned a long time ago not to listen to the national honks chiming in on situations like these with their 2 cents; most just want to generate web hits (which works; everytime something like this is posted Catspause goes full ******) but there's a few people who I guess you could call "insiders" that I listen to and who do their due diligence when a hit piece like this is thrown out...

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Ok so basically all this article did was bring public information that the NCAA, the University Kentucky, and UK fans already knew... Kanter's eligibility was definitely in question because of his experience with the team in Turkey... My view is that if the NCAA has the bank records, receipts, etc. that the Turkish GM said he gave them, then he would have been declared ineligible already. Open and shut.

I'm still thinking he won't be eligible and if he is he'll hafta face a 20 game suspension or so... The NCAA is of course the ultimate decision maker here, and who the **** knows what they're thinking at this point... Either way, this decision will set a precedent... If the NCAA wants top talent from Europe playing for universities in the States, then they will declare Kanter eligible, at least for part of the season. If they don't care, he's done. The rule change made earlier this year allowing Euro players to receive benefits from their team shows me that they'd rather have them here than not, but it's all a question as to how far they're willing to go to get him here...

Also, if Kanter had any doubts whatsoever about getting eligible, I can't see him coming over... He was going to be a top 5 NBA pick regardless. Why go to the most scrutinized school and play for the most scrutinized coach in the country and give up a year's worth of salary in Europe if there was any hint of wrongdoing? The Kanters' are smart, they wouldn't go for the risk/reward scenario presented here.

On the other hand, the risk/reward was worth it for UK and Calipari... They knew from the beginning that it would be tough getting Kanter eligible, but using a scholarship for him was worth it just in case because of his immense talent... Worst case scenario is that he's not declared eligible and a scholarship for this year is wasted. Reward is greater than the risk here.

For UK, having Kanter means being in the national title discussion. Not having Kanter means fighting for an SEC East crown and fighting for a Sweet 16 berth. He's that good. Looks to me that we're going to have to get used to the fact that he will not be suiting up for the Wildcats this year, and Eloy Vargas and Josh Harrelson better get ready to lace 'em up tight...

You are right about that this Kanter kid is a beast inside.

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