A 6’10” center from Turkey, Kanter is 17 years old and a member of the high school class of 2010. Rated as a five-star recruit and one of the top players in his class, Kanter will make his debut on Montlake next fall for the start of the 2010-2011 season.
Unlike many European big men, Kanter is not a three-point shooter (rejoice!). In fact, he’s a big man who plays like a big man, and at 245 pounds should provide a formidable presence on the interior block.
Though many project Kanter as a one-and-done player, the native of Istanbul turned down multi-million dollar contracts from multiple European ballclubs — most notably Greek powerhouse Olympiakos (where former Stanford Cardinal and Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Josh Childress now plays) — to pursue an education in the United States. He currently attends Stoneridge Prep School in Tarzana, Calif.
Despite forgoing a hefty paycheck in Europe, Kanter does have professional playing experience. During the 2008-2009 season, the 16-year-old had a stint playing for a team in the Turkish Basketball League. He did not accept any pay or sign a contract, however, which allows him full amateur eligibility in the U.S.
Some more info on Kanter:
- Kanter’s Wikipedia page.
- An article from Rivals.com on Kanter.
- An article from the ESPN TrueHoop blog on Kanter.
- An article from Scout.com on Kanter.
- Enes Kanter’s Scout.com player profile.
- Enes Kanter’s DraftExpress NBA prospect page.
- Enes Kanter’s NBADraft.net prospect page.