NBA Draft

Enes Kanter

Scouting Report

Considered by some the top European and the top center in the draft, Kanter likely won't have to wait long to be selected. Kanter burst onto the scene in last April's Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, finishing with 34 points and 13 rebounds in just 24 minutes in the World Select Team's 92-80 loss to the U.S. Junior National Select Team, but he hasn't played in an organized game since. The Istanbul native was set to be a freshman at Kentucky in 2010-11, but the NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for the Turkish club Fenerbahce two years ago. Though he was not eligible to play in games or travel with the Wildcats, he was allowed to practice with the team. Kanter clearly benefited from continuing his training, and was helpful to Kentucky's Final Four run, as he pushed center Josh Harrellson in practice. Kanter is very physical, and unlike most other foreign-born players in the draft, he doesn't need to add bulk. He can hold his own in the paint and can also knock down mid-range jumpers. Despite being a big man, Kanter has soft hands and is a skilled passer. Although he is very strong around the basket offensively, he isn't considered a great rebounder, and he doesn't have a big vertical jump, which stems from some knee problems. Some concerns linger about those knee injuries, but he should be fresh coming off an entire season without game action. Most believe Kanter has the complete package for a big man, and he could be a top-three pick.

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