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September 7, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Turkish GM says Enes Kanter was given $100,000 in benefits

Looks like the Washington Huskies dodged a potential headache when former recruit Enes Kanter (far left) reneged on a verbal commitment and chose Kentucky.
During his recruitment there was speculation about Kanter’s NCAA eligibility because the 18-year-old Turkish star played on a professional team in Europe.
Kanter denied taking a salary, however, the general manager of Fenerbahce Ulker, Nedim Karakas, said Kanter received more than $100,000 in cash and benefits over three years.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times interviewed Karakas in Instanbul and the GM said they had given banking and housing records to the NCAA. Karakas may have an ax to grind because Kanter appears to have left the team abruptly, however, he claims to have records to corroborate a story that’s damaging to Kanter.
UK officials released a statement Tuesday night.
“Kentucky is working diligently with the NCAA on this matter, and we fully support Enes Kanter and his family through this ongoing NCAA review,” the statement read. “We will have no further comment.”
Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center, is considered one of the top incoming freshmen and is projected as a lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft.
Washington was one of the first schools to seriously recruit Kanter and had a good relationship with him through assistant Raphael Chillious. Kanter admitted he was naive to big-time college recruiting and backed out of an agreement to play with the Huskies to sign with Kentucky two months later.
— Shortly after Hikeem Stewart announced he was attending UW on his Twitter account, Tony Wroten let everyone know he intends to make a decision during the early signing period.
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Wroten also Tweeted Stewart’s commitment made him “more excited to” commit. Wroten, however, hasn’t given any clues where he’ll play next season.
— After one season, Seattle University renewed coach Cameron Dollar’s contract, giving the former UW assistant a long-term deal. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“This contract speaks to Cameron’s commitment to building a successful Division I program at Seattle University,” athletic director Bill Hogan said in a statement. “As one of the top young coaches in the country, he has the skills and experience to grow and strengthen the program in the coming years.”

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