|No. 0 – Utah Jazz|
May 20, 1992 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||247 lb (112 kg)|
|High school||Stoneridge Preparatory School
(Simi Valley, California)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|2008–2009||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Enes Kanter was born May 20, 1992 in Zürich, Switzerland, while his father Mehmet attained his M.D. from the University of Zurich. Mehmet Kanter, originally from Erciş, Turkey, is currently a professor of histology at Trakya University, Turkey.
Before moving to the United States, Kanter played under Serdar Apaydın's management for Fenerbahçe Ülker youth section between 2006-08 and then, during the 2008–09 season, Kanter was a seldom-used reserve for the professional team Fenerbahçe Ülker. He played in at least nine games with the team – four in the Euroleague and five in the Turkish Basketball League. Fenerbahçe and the Greek League basketball team Olympiacos both offered Kanter professional contracts, but he declined because he wanted to play high school and college basketball in the United States.
Later, Kanter moved to the United States and played for Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, California for the 2009–10 high school basketball season. At the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, Kanter played for the international team, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. His point total was a record for the event, breaking Dirk Nowitzki's record set in the 1998 game. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com rated Kanter as a five-star prospect, the highest possible rating.
On November 23, 2009, Kanter verbally committed to play for the University of Washington Huskies. Kanter chose Washington over UCLA, USC, Indiana and UNLV. However, he re-opened his recruitment in February 2010. On April 14, 2010, Kanter signed a National Letter of Intent to play for coach John Calipari at the University of Kentucky.
He was recruited to play for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, but the NCAA declared him permanently ineligible as a collegiate athlete because he received approximately $33,000 from Fenerbahçe Ülker in excess benefits. The NCAA ruled that this amount was above and beyond what was considered acceptable. On January 7, 2011, the NCAA rejected Kentucky's appeal, upholding that Kanter was permanently ineligible. Without Kanter, Kentucky still managed to reach the Final Four in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Utah Jazz (2011-present)
Kanter was drafted 3rd overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA Draft along with Alec Burks. "I'm so happy, I'm so excited. I know the Utah Jazz fans are crazy and I love them," he said. "I will bring the team toughness and post moves, rebounding, everything. I will try to do everything to make the playoffs."
"First of all, I felt great because it's the Utah Jazz — I have family there," Kanter said of his reaction to being selected by the Jazz. "Like Mehmet Okur play there, too, so it's kind of like my family, so I was very happy. I know he will help me a lot when I'm in Utah, and I can't wait to play with him."
Turkish national team
Kanter made his debut for the Turkish national basketball team in the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Italy. He dominated throughout the tournament, averaging 22.9 points, 16.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 34.6 minutes of action. But Jonas Valančiūnas, who had averaged 14.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 23.5 minutes, was chosen as the MVP. Kanter was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, averaging 18.6 points and 16.4 rebounds while leading Turkey's junior national team to the bronze medal. He declined to play for the senior national team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship which was being held in Turkey and the team would go on to finish 2nd place. His father claimed he did this in order not to miss the first month of classes at Kentucky.
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|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
- Allen, Percy (2009-11-24). "Turkish big man commits to UW basketball team". The Seattle Times.
- Information aboutEnes Kanter
- DeCourcy, Mike (2010-04-14). "Enes Kanter a revolutionary case for Kentucky, NCAA". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- Kanter to enroll at Findlay Prep
- "Enes Kanter". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- "Enes Kanter". Scout.com. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- "Kanter commits to Cats Scout.com rates 6–9 forward 5-star prospect". Messenger-Inquirer. 2010-03-24.
- Enes Kanter ruled ineligible
- UK center Enes Kanter ruled ineligible by NCAA
- Kentucky forward Enes Kanter ruled permanently ineligible
- Enes Kanter Ruled Ineligible for Kentucky
- Enes Kanter ruled ineligible; UK plans to appeal
- N.C.A.A. Denies Kentucky’s Appeal Over Kanter’s Eligibility
- "Jazz Signs 2011 Lottery Picks". NBA.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- Enes Kanter's father says Turkish club is 'trying to make an example' of his son – NCAA Basketball – Sporting News
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Kentucky Bio
- Draftexpress.com Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- NBADraft.net Profile
- Scout.com Profile
- Enes Kanter Biography on Fan Site
- ESPN TrueHoop Blog: Meet Enes Kanter