NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter's Pre-Draft Workout with Minnesota Timberwolves

Camden PaschAnalyst IIJune 17, 2011

The Minnesota Timberwolves had their opportunity to take an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.

One of the most intriguing names in the draft is Enes Kanter, the well-built center out of Turkey.

"I came here to show myself, and I think I did a good job," Kanter told ESPN's Dan Tracy after his morning workout at the Timberwolves' practice facility. "I tried to show that I'm in shape, because I couldn't play like almost eight months, nine months, so I just tried to show Minnesota I didn't lose anything."

Kanter definitely did show his self at the workout and impressed Minnesota's Assistant General Manager Tony Ronzone.

"Unlike most European guys that are more of a face-up (player), he's a back-to-basket guy," Ronzone said of the big-bodied Kanter in Tracy's story. "He's a power guy. He knows how to play. He was with Kentucky all year, and they were working with him, so I'm not concerned with that at all," Ronzone added about Kanter and the year off he had last year.

The 6'11", 260-pound Kanter is certainly a different type of prospect than what the NBA has seen for quite some time. Not only is he bigger than most European center prospects, but he loves contact and banging down low in the post with the other big men.

Kanter had been scheduled to workout by himself and display his game, but instead decided to play against Oakland center Keith Benson. Minnesota was very impressed with his want to workout with the other prospects and he gave them a better opportunity to scout him. 

"These practices are really important, because I have to show myself, show I'm the best," Kanter said. "It's really difficult, because in Europe, you play in, like, more sets, but in America you are playing fast break and run. I like the American game much better."

The extra quality that makes Kanter an exceptional talent and person, is his love for the game of basketball. While there was a break in the workout Thursday, and the other participating players took a rest, Kanter stayed on the court and continued to work on his jump shot.

"He's a confident kid," Ronzone said about the young 19-year-old. "In America, the problem is that most big guys don't really like playing basketball. He actually likes playing. He's addicted to it."

Kanter ended his day with mentioning that he hopes to be selected by the Timberwolves and, as the draft approaches, it seems like the possibility of that happening is getting stronger.