Kanter may stay longer than expected

Tamer Turkman's father is a doctor and did his residency at the University of Kentucky in the mid-1950's. "The one thing I do know about Kentucky basketball is that my dad told us how nice the people were and I grew up hearing all those stories about the people and the basketball," said Turkman, who now lives in Baltimore.

Tamer Turkman's father is a doctor and did his residency at the University of Kentucky in the mid-1950's. "The one thing I do know about Kentucky basketball is that my dad told us how nice the people were and I grew up hearing all those stories about the people and the basketball," said Turkman, who now lives in Baltimore.

Turkman, a Turkish-American, is founder and president of International Student Services. He started his business in 1993 to help young Turks trying to get an education in the United States.

His website, StudyInAmerica.com, has had interviews with UK signee Enes Kanter and Kentucky coach John Calipari and Turkman recently wrote a story for Turkey's Hürriyet Daily News on Kanter's arrival in Lexington last month.

"In talking to Enes, he feels so good about the people. He says they are all wonderful," Turkman said. "Aside from basketball, he says the people makes it great to be at Kentucky. He is very happy. Basketball is everything there I guess and we are going to follow his career closely.

"Coach (John) Calipari has a great track record of sending people to the NBA early. But I have a feeling Enes may stay a little longer at Kentucky. Education is very important to him and his family. There is always a conflict between education and money, but his family is well off. He's a lot like Joakim Noah was at Florida. He doesn't have to rush out of college to get the money."

Turkman, who played basketball at Loyola in Maryland, says his site "got lucky" when it obtained the interview with Calipari on Kanter. He had hired a freelancer to interview Kanter in Chicago and Calipari happened to be there, too.

"It was double good luck for us," Turkman said.


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