Kanter Pledges To SEC School

Enes Kanter ended his recruitment on Tuesday. The former international star gave a pledge to a SEC program just two weeks after visiting.

Enes Kanter has come to a college decision.

After taking an official visit to Kentucky two weeks ago and taking in their senior day festivities, Kanter, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound Switzerland native, gave John Calipari and his staff a verbal commitment.

When asked why he went with Kentucky, Kanter's response was simple.

"Because of John Calipari," Kanter said. "He's a good coach. I like the way he plays. I like the freedom."

Shortly following his trip to Ketnucky, Calipari made a trip to the west coast to see him play and that was a big deal to Kanter. He also got to know assistant coach Orlando Antigua well and they played into his decision-making.

"He's a good guy," Kanter said. "I like Orlando a lot. I feel comfortable with them. He sees me as a good player. I liked the fact that there are a lot of ex-players on staff."

In late November, Kanter gave Washington a verbal commitment, but in mid-February the five-star prospect reopened his commitment and Kentucky was among the programs that jumped right in the picture.

"I had a really good time [on my visit]," Kanter said. "I liked it. I really liked the tutors and the academic center. I like the program and the tradition.

Kanter arrived in the United States in mid-August, after turning down a pair of multi-year deals. Olympiacos offered him $2 million per year for two seasons while a team in Turkey threw a five-year, $6 million dollar deal his way.

"I came here because it's a bigger arena," Kanter told Scout.com following a workout in August. "I think I accomplished all I could in Europe. I didn't want to turn pro at 17. I wanted to come here and experience the NCAA and I believe I can play in the NBA."

Kanter, whose father is a doctor in the medical field, made national headlines when he opted to leave Turkey. In fact, Draft Express President Jonathan Givony told us at that time the story was monumental internationally as well.

"Him coming over here is a big deal," Givony said in August. "NCAA basketball has taken a huge hit in the eyes of Europeans because so many guys have fallen on their face. The fact that he's coming over here is a major, major story."

The Turkish star ended up at Simi Valley (Calif.) Stoneridge Prep and put together an impressive senior season. Known for his rebounding and physical play, the talented big man went toe-to-toe with some of the nations best.

Last week, Kanter matched up with Tristan Thompson and Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. In the match up Kanter went for 24 points and 18 rebounds in a one-point loss to one of the best high school programs in the nation.

Kanter is Calipari's second verbal commitment in the 2010 class. He joins Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence standout Stacey Poole.


Scout Hoops Top Stories