DraftExpress on Enes Kanter

Matt Kamalsky is director of operations for http://www.draftexpress.com/ and covered both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit. I contacted him for his impressions about UK commit Enes Kanter.

Matt Kamalsky is director of operations for http://www.draftexpress.com/ and covered both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit. I contacted him for his impressions about UK commit Enes Kanter, who was the star of the Nike Hoop Summit who had a world-team record 34 points and 13 rebounds Saturday.

What was your overall impression of Kanter? Kamalsky: "I think he's an extremely polished player for his age. You would expect someone with his feel for scoring from the post to be a seasoned pro, not an incoming freshman.

He does a lot of things well, and has improved his midrange game quite a bit from the last time I saw him. Everyone knows that he dominant in the Hoop Summit game, going for 34 points and 13 rebounds, but the fact that he produced at that level in just 24 minutes and almost single-handed brought his team back from a 10-point deficit to take a commanding lead heading into the fourth quarter is what really struck me. He's not a freak athlete, but he's a workhorse down low."

Does Kanter have the personality to handle the limelight/attention at Kentucky?

Kamalsky: "I think he does. I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly on Friday. He's a very friendly kid off the floor and seemed to have quickly forged a friendship with many of his teammates. What I like most about him is the way he carries himself on the floor. He's the type that doesn't complain when things aren't going his way and just goes about his business."

Some have speculated he could be every bit as good as DeMarcus Cousins. Wonder how you feel about that?

Kamalsky: "I suppose my answer to that depends on the context. From an NBA perspective, I like Cousins more because of he's significantly bigger than Kanter, and since both players rely on their strength around the basket, that gives him an edge in my mind. On the college level, I think Kanter could have comparable success, though he'll have to work harder than Cousins did to do so. Should Kanter lose any time to concerns about his eligibility,that would sway my analysis too."


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