Kanter Well Worth the Risk for Calipari

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There’s a reason why just about everyone passed on Enes Kanter.

They all knew it was a long shot — at best — that the Turkish big man would be cleared to play college basketball by the NCAA.

However, Kentucky coach John Calipari rolled the dice, figuring it was worth the risk to see if he could maybe find a way to get Kanter on the court in a Wildcats uniform.

The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff on Thursday night ruled Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving benefits “above his actual and necessary expenses” while playing for club basketball team Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Kanter played three years with Fenerbahce, and both Kentucky and...

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