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By LARRY VAUGHT

All John Calipari would say about freshman center Enes Kanter is that he “is good” now that he can at least practice with the team while he is awaiting to appeal the NCAA’s decision declaring him permanently ineligible.

However, Kanter’s roommate, UK senior center Josh Harrellson, joked that Kanter was the “best practice player in America” while he’s working out with the Wildcats.

“Enes is making me and Eloy (Vargas) way better,” Harrellson said Wednesday. “He is a great practice player. He obviously hopes his appeal will go through. He’s all smiles at practice and I guess he is at least happy he has got a decision. We obviously want him back playing with us and hope that is going to happen, but he’s really doing a job for us in practice. He’s probably the best big man in the country and we go against him every day.”

Calipari is more worried about getting his team ready to play Friday night in Portland before it heads on to Maui for three games.

“It’s a hard trip and dangerous game (Friday),” Calipari said. “(Freshman) Terrence (Jones) thinks he is going home for a vacation. He’s lined up all he’s going to do minute by minute and I am not sure he even has the game on his schedule.

“Then we are on our way to Hawaii to play three teams better than us. It will be a good learning experience and will help us learn how we have to play offensively and defensively when we come back. Everybody we are going to play, we are going to have the youngest team.

“We are not going to play as many people and do not have a lot of room for error like we did last year. The second thing, we do not have as many big bodies. We have to figure out to play if we are getting exploited in the post.”

6 Responses to Kanter “a great practice player” for Cats

  • Tana says:

    Thanks, Larry. Too, I’m sure Enes Kanter is really helpful to our other big men in practices, but, still, how this piece’s title hurts (sad face). Further, reading about Kanter’s being “all smiles” at practice also hurts. That’s because his positive attitude seemingly says something about the type of young man Enes is, and I feel he deserves better. Here’s shoping that NCAA appeals committee “sees” the young man Enes in person and somehow decides to give him something better than the original ruling. GO CATS!!!

  • Jim Boyers says:

    My question is this: How is it possible for Enes to practice with the team, when he has been declared to be a professional, by the NCAA?

    Mark, Perry and Ramon were not allowed to play in the Blue White game because it would have counted as “outside competition” and thus would have had to count as an exhibition game or would not be allowed under the rules.

    During his visit last season LeBron was not allowed to shoot around with the team because it would have been against the rules, due to him being a pro.

    How is this any different? If the ruling on Enes is upheld, then he is a professional for good. Thus the NCAA would have to go back and penalize UK for allowing a professional player to practice with the team and give them an “unfair advantage” over the competition.

    I’m just worried that UK will have to void all of its’ practices and be forced to forget everything that they were able to learn, while playing against Enes.

    This could get messy and our players could actually become dumber, depending on what the NCAA decides.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  • TheProfessor says:

    He could not practice while the NCAA was trying to decide if he was a pro, and now that they decided he is a pro, he can practice but not play.

    When any group tries to legislate every jit and jot of life, this is the type of confusion that results. Rule making in our society these days has gotten completely out of control, and it the tool people use to eliminate the need for any discretion in decision making. Each time life presents a new little wrinkle to these people that the rules have not covered, they respond by writing a new rule.

    Brains Stop Where Rules Start.

    In class, I cite a rule making process by the Food and Drug Administration in which they held 238 days of hearings that generated over 30,000 pages of testimony and evidence to determine whether consumers were victims of fraud if peanut butter contained 87% peanuts instead of 90% peanuts.

    It is insanity relegated to organizational behavior.

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