NCAA Rules Kentucky Forward Enes Kanter Permanently Ineligible

Unlike the past few years where the NCAA cleared a John Calipari player before the season and then things were questioned after the season finished, they have ruled on freshman forward Enes Kanter early on. A press release says “The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff has ruled University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.”

New NCAA rules allow potential student-athletes to play with professionals but they’re not allowed to get paid more than is necessary to cover expenses such as food and transportation. The NCAA determined Kanter received over $33,000 more than what was necessary, suggesting he was a professional player thereby wiping out his amateur status.

Kentucky plans to appeal the ruling with a reinstatement committee at the end of the month. The committee has the power to reduce or remove the condition, so Kentucky at least has that going for it. The Wildcats weren’t planning on playing Kanter until he was cleared and it now appears as if they won’t have him around period.

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  • Anonymous

    This is ridiculous. This 1 year college rule is beyond ridiculous. Do you really think this guy will ever go to class? All they have to do is pass a few 100 level classes in the fall and that’s it. Bobby Knight is right on the money. The NCAA had better figure something out about the overseas problem, cause all of these guys are getting paid at age 16. I know baseball is corrupt to no end about south american under 18 players and that should stop. Figure something out. This has nothing to do about going to college, it’s all about some foreign guy playing well against other college kids in order to get drafted in the 1st round and bag that guaranteed contract.