Mike DeCourcy: "It's obviously a great group of players coming in. I'm really impressed by Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones. Kanter and Jones will be exceptional freshmen and Knight has a very good chance to be, although I hope there's not too much pressure on him to be John Wall or Derrick Rose. He's not as gifted as either. He just needs to be himself. "I'm not as moved by Doron Lamb as some others. I think he's a terrific kid. I really enjoyed meeting him last summer. I've watched him play several times, though, and he didn't show a lot as a shooter or scorer. I think he's built to be an amazing defender if he'll embrace that role. Will he?"
Question: Could Kanter be the most intriguing recruit ever at UK not only because of his ability but also because of the international doors his arrival could open for Calipari and Kentucky?
Mike DeCourcy: "Framed as you answered the question, the honest answer is no. Although the rules have been relaxed on international prospects to make it more fair for them in terms of gaining eligibility, most European players would prefer to play for pay in the European club system. I think history has shown NCAA basketball turns out a better brand of pro prospect, but a lot of players aren't willing to make the sacrifices college basketball requires. It'd be much more productive for UK to establish a pipeline into D.C. or New York or LA than into Turkey.
"However, Kanter is an intriguing prospect on his own because most of us have seen so little of him. What we did see in the Hoop Summit was plenty, but he's probably had less exposure here than any elite UK freshman in decades."