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By LARRY VAUGHT
All John Calipari would say about freshman center Enes Kanter is that he Ã¢â‚¬Å“is goodÃ¢â‚¬Â now that he can at least practice with the team while he is awaiting to appeal the NCAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision declaring him permanently ineligible.
However, KanterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s roommate, UK senior center Josh Harrellson, joked that Kanter was the Ã¢â‚¬Å“best practice player in AmericaÃ¢â‚¬Â while heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s working out with the Wildcats.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Enes is making me and Eloy (Vargas) way better,Ã¢â‚¬Â Harrellson said Wednesday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is a great practice player. He obviously hopes his appeal will go through. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hard trip and dangerous game (Friday),Ã¢â‚¬Â Calipari said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“(Freshman) Terrence (Jones) thinks he is going home for a vacation. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lined up all heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to do minute by minute and I am not sure he even has the game on his schedule.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â