2011 NBA Mock Draft: Can Enes Kanter Depart Kentucky for Cleveland in the NBA?
The 2011 NBA Draft is about potential. Sure, you draft on what you have seen out of players so far, but you also have to predict what they will be at the next level. There is no such thing as a sure thing, so every player entering the draft has potential. It is up to every team to determine who has the most potential to help lead their team in the future.
But when you have a player who has been forced to sit out for an entire season and has no college basketball experience, you really have to forecast a player's potential without as much to rely on in the evaluation process.
Enes Kanter of Kentucky is one of the best examples.
I say of Kentucky, but maybe saying Turkey would be a better description.
That is because Kanter was never allowed to play for the Wildcats. He was declared permanently ineligible to play in the NCAA as it was investigated that he received benefits as an amateur. Kentucky has found great success this season, but just think how dominant they could have been with him on the floor.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that "The NCAA denied Kanter's bid to play for Kentucky this season, placing him in limbo all year. He's been hanging around Kentucky, working as a student-assistant coach, but the loss of playing time hurts. He'll spend the spring working with Michael Jordan's former trainer, Tim Grover, in Chicago in preparation for the draft. Most GMs still have him as a top-five or top-six pick. Great workouts could lift him even higher."
At 6'10'' and 255 pounds, Kanter would make an excellent replacement for Zydrunas Illgauskas with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He dominated some of the greatest collegiate players last year in the Nike Hoop Summit, and he is one of the more NBA ready players who will be in this year's draft class.
Kanter can play offense and defense and provides great energy on both ends of the court. He will be a very high pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, so all Cleveland has to worry about is someone taking Kanter before they pick. Depending on who else comes out early, they could consider taking him with their first pick, which could be the top spot overall.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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