Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Enes Kanter Declared Permanently Ineligible
There has just been some breaking news in the world of college basketball.
Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter, the 6'11" center, has just been declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA.
This is big news for the Kentucky Wildcats. Many fans were expecting Kanter to fill the void left in the middle by DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson, who left to the NBA.
The NCAA believes that Kanter received expenses above that which was necessary while playing for a club team in Turkey. The definition of actual and necessary expenses as defined by the NCAA is as those directly necessary for practice and competition on a team.
It is reported by the NCAA that Kanter received $33,000 more than what was necessary while playing in Turkey. This is a large amount of money more, which would make Kanter ineligible for collegiate athletics, and thus the reason he was probably suspended.
$33,000 is a lot of money for a college athlete. As a result of accepting this money, Kanter was declared ineligible.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has made it clear that Kentucky will appeal this decision. But it does not appear that the NCAA will budge on this matter.
Kanter will not be playing for Kentucky, and Calipari needs to prepare Kentcuky for life without their center.
Will Kentucky make the Final Four without Enes Kanter?
When recruiting Kanter, Calipari had to know that there was a possibility that he would not be able to play. Kentucky fans are hoping that Calipari has a contingency plan for the suspension of Kanter.
It was a wise move for Calipari to recruit him, but it is time to move on and get over it.
In a quote to ESPN, Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs said this, "Enes took advantage of an opportunity to play at the highest level available to him. But the consequences of receiving payments above his actual expenses is not compatible with the collegiate model of sports that our members have developed."
Calipari stands behind his player and says he believes that Kanter maintained his eligibility status, although that does not appear to be the case.
The guidelines allow Kanter to continue to practice with the team. But he is unable to travel, or play with the team.
Last season, Kanter played at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, Calif., before signing with Kentucky. Kanter is a force on the inside, and it will be a great loss for the Wildcats.
Kanter is a huge loss for the Wildcats, but it is time to move on.
The Wildcats have a job to do this season, and a Final Four is in their sights.
Can they do it without Kanter?
They will have to.
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