The NCAA has ruled that Enes Kanter is ineligible to play basketball for the University of Kentucky. The ruling was made official this afternoon through a press release from the NCAA.
The main crux of the eligibility issue centered on benefits Kanter received while playing for a Turkish sport club.
According to the press release, Kanter played three seasons with the Turkish sport club Fenerbahce from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Although he competed primarily for the club’s under-18 junior team, he did compete on the club’s senior team in 2008-09. According to facts agreed to by the university and the NCAA Eligibility Center, Kanter received $33,033 more than his expenses for the 2008-09 season.
The new NCAA rule that allows prospective student-athletes to compete on teams with professionals while maintaining their amateur status prior to college applies; however, the bylaw states any such benefits cannot exceed actual and necessary expenses, which was the case here.
Kentucky has announced they plan to appeal the ineligibility ruling.