Friday, November 12, 2010

The Sporting News: The NCAA "Shot an Air Ball" on the Kanter Decision

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News wrote an intriguing article on the NCAA decision regarding Kanter and says that they "shot an air ball" by declaring him ineligible. Read the entire article here but I will highlight a few things.

  • Kanter received $30,000, money which was primarily used for schooling and tutors, which the NCAA allows foreign players to do. The rest of the money is in an unused account which the Kanter's have said they are willing to give back. That amount is somewhere in the range of $20,000.
  • Enes could have signed for millions of dollars to play for Turkey but opted to come to school in the USA. He never signed any type of contract at all.
  • The Kanter's kept meticulous records of their finances and have shared them with the NCAA. Nothing was over the top and none of it was spent on cars, clothes, private plains, jewelry, etc... It was all spent on education, food and lodging. All within the rules of the NCAA.

Please read the entire article. Many good points are made and this will hopefully be taken into consideration during the appeal. Kanter is a good kid, goes to school, works hard and comes from a good family. He and his family obviously have been doing the right things all along and have not tried to lie about or hide anything at all. Scumbags like Pete Thamel are trying to make them out to be sneaks looking to hoodwink the NCAA and that couldn't be farther from the truth. The Kanters have cooperated from day 1 and will continue to do so.

The ramifications from this ruling on foreign players could be devastating. This could seriously jeopardize foreign born athletes coming to the USA to attend school. The NCAA got it right on Louisville's Gorgui Dieng after a slow start. Let's hope they get it right on Kanter.

Eff You Pete Thamel

Free Enes


  1. the airball video just made me laugh out loud in my office. That was hilarious. I blame NBA Global.

  2. Thanks Travis. I thought it was appropriate. It sums up my feelings about the Kanter situation.