NCAA Rules Kentucky Freshman Enes Kanter Permanently Ineligible

November 12th, 2010 - 7:27 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
Enes KanterNov 12, (THAINDIAN NEWS) University of Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter who was considered to be one of the top prospects of the 2011 NBA Draft, has been ruled ineligible by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The news was announced by the NCAA on Thursday in a statement that was posted in the official website of the association which read that the Kentucky freshman center is permanently ineligible.

NCAA’s decision to rule Enes Kanter as ineligible has come as a rude shock to the University of Kentucky as the school’s chances to make it big at the NCAA basketball tournament has suffered a major setback with the freshman’s omission from the team. The main reason which propelled NCAA to reach the decision has been cited to be the fact that Enes Kanter received payment to the tune of $33,033 in addition to his expenses from his club when he played in the professional league in Turkey before his arrival to the United States. While talking about the player, Kevin Lennon who is the vice-president of the academic and membership affairs of NCAA, reiterated that by receiving payments beyond the actual expenses is not quite compatible with the model of sports that NCAA members follow and so it was decided that Enes Kanter should be ruled ineligible.

In the meanwhile, it has also come to light that the University of Kentucky would be appealing against NCAA’s decision and the appeal is expected to be heard by the end of this month. According to rules and regulations of NCAA, Enes Kanter would not be able ti return to practice while the appeal is heard.

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