Enes Kanter (Kentucky)
The only Nike Hoop Summit performance I witnessed more epic than Biyombo’s was Enes Kanter’s in 2010, and it was one heck of a coming out party. He absolutely dominated perennial NBA Draft caliber players Jared Sullinger and Patric Young in the paint on his way to 34 points and 13 rebounds. Had Enes played as an NCAA eligible player in the 2010-11 season, we may very well be talking about Kentucky as national champions and Kanter as the number one overall pick.
On pure size, length, size, post game, skill set, and intangibles alone, this guys would be my top overall pick without a doubt if I was selecting first overall. I was sold on him in 2010 when I saw him blow away the field, and am very confident this kid has what it takes to become a very sold low post player in the NBA. Not the best athlete or pure defender, but he is extremely refined and mature in terms of basketball IQ and post play for a 19-year-old. Reminds me of lighter Al Jefferson with ability to out muscle, back down, and outmaneuver his man in the paint.
He has deep range on his jumper to extend the D, great strength rebounding the ball, and a big body to bang. The only thing not to love is that you haven’t seen much of him in action, but I will tell you right now from what I saw in 2010, this is a special player who will be a great pro.