Sunday, August 10, 2008


Enes Kanter (Turkey)

Birthday: 5/20/1992
NBA Position: PF/C
Class: N/A
Ht: 6-8
Wt: 235
Int Team: Fenerbahçe Ülker
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

U18 European Championship Men
Division A

PPG 19.1
RPG 14.6
APG 0.5


At only 15 years of age, Kanter has an incredibly strong and mature body, somewhat similar to Greek prospect Sofoklis Schortsanitis at the same age ... his potential is enormous ... already 6′9″, he only has to add another 2 or 3 inches to become a solid center prospect ... his rebounding skills are impressive, not only because of his massive body, but because of his timing ... he was one of the leading rebounds at the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, although most of his competition was 2 years older than him ... although Turkey is suspected of "rejuvenating" players (Ersan Ilyasova), there is no reason to mistrust Kanter's age, as he was born in Z rich, Switzerland ... he won the "Burkhard Wildermuth Award" for the most talented player at the 2008 AST and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Stefan Lorenz - 4/2/2008

16 year old dominating U-18 European competition
By Uros Velkavrh

The European U-18 championship started on July 25th in Greece, with many young prospects born in 1990 and younger on display. Names like Tautvydas Slezas, Donatas Motiejunas, Dejan Musli, Alexis Tanghe, Mario Delas, Tomislav Zubcic, etc. are making names for themselves or just confirming what we already know, that they are players on the rise.

But one name stands tall above the rest in this years competition and what makes this player even more intriguing is the fact that he was born in 1992, so he is 2 years younger then the competition. Yet he's leading the competition so far in scoring ( 24,3 PPG ), 4th in rebounding ( 10,3 RPG ) and is shooting a mind boggling 78,4% ( 29/37 ) from the field in 3 games played so far.

His name is Enes Kanter, and he is already a well known commodity among the Turkish basketball community, but the rest of the Europe is getting a taste of just how good this kid is.

With a 6'8" frame, and good mobility and quickness, he's giving his opponents fits all over the court. He plays at the PF position here but you can easily see him sliding over to the SF position in the future and due to his young age, who can say if he wont grow another inch or two.

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From Draft Express:
August 6, 2008

A cadet topping the rebounding ranking in a European junior championship isn’t the most common thing seen in basketball. Actually, I’m not even sure it has ever happened. Enes Kanter did it.

Showing comparable strength to a junior -if not superior- in his 6-9 body, Kanter is not about jumping out of the gym. The kid shows decent athleticism, but his leaping ability is not top notch. On the contrary, he relies on his superb positioning, willingness to pursue the ball on both ends of the court, and excellent timing. Kanter uses both arms, and isn’t scared to leave the ground even in horizontal moves (many players fear for their ankles in these situations), so his rebounding range is pretty good. He also enjoys terrific hands to grab the ball, and the poise to know when to make every effort. The only downside we see in his rebounding display is the fact that he’s not much about boxing out opponents, as much as he is about going out and grabbing the rebound, which isn’t necessarily the best option team-wise.

Averaging 14.6 captures per game, Kanter surpassed the 20-rebound mark on three separate occasions, and earned himself a place on the all-tournament team, despite the fact that Turkey finished ninth in the championship.

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From FIBA:
Kanter, Turkey's Hot Property
27 July 2008

Enes Kanter is dominating the U18 European Championship Men and is a huge reason why Turkey have started the tournament with two victories.

The talented 2.04m power forward, however, just turned 16 years old in May and has Turkish basketball in a dilemma in many ways.

On the one side, there was a dilemma whether to bring Kanter to the U18 tournament since he will also play at the U16 European Championship Men in August. Turkey meanwhile also believe that Kanter has the ability to make the senior national team sooner rather than later.

"We didn't want him to play two tournaments. He will be exhausted because of that. But we don't have the tall players and we need him so much here," said Taner Günay.

The Turkish U18 coach then admits that his bosses are thinking about Kanter for the senior side as soon as the much-anticipated 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul. But the Turkish power forward situation is very crowded with the likes of Omer Acik, Semih Erden, Ogus Savas, Kaya Peker and Mehmet Okur ahead of Kanter.

That brings up the next dilemma. Even though Kanter is dominating the U18 group as a 16-year-old - averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds - Günay believes that Kanter's future may actually be at the small forward position.

Günay has worked with Kanter for the past three years and has been putting Kanter in the small forward position during practice sessions. But the Fenerbahce player continually drifts back into the block and wants to post up. Günay wishes he had another inside player at this tournament to allow Kanter to play the small forward.

The federation is also trying to figure out which route is best for Kanter to develop for the future.

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From FIBA:
Kanter Not Enough As Russia Overcome Turkey
29 July 2008

Russia withstood a powerful Turkish inside one-two punch to collect an 82-72 victory in Group F of the U18 European Championship Men.

Pavel Antipov tallied 22 points to pace Russia while Maxim Grigoryev added 19 and Vladimir Pichkurov had 18 in helping Alexey Vadeev's team move to 2-1 in the Qualifying Round.

Turkey dropped to 1-2 despite Enes Kanter collecting 26 points and 22 rebounds and low post partner Mükremin Kilicli pouring in 27 points while grabbing eight rebounds. But it was not enough as no other player scored more than five points for Taner Günay's team.

The score was knotted early at 6-6 before Russia went on an 8-0 run over two minutes to open a 14-6 lead. Can M. Mutaf ended the drought with a three-pointer only to have Pichkurov extend the margin back to eight points - 18-10. But Kanter and Kilicli continued their fine game in closing it to 18-16 after one period.

Antipov started the second with back-to-back three-balls but Russia continued to struggle with Turkey's inside combination of Kilicli and Kanter, the latter of which gave Günay's team the lead 30-29. Antipov, however, hit two straight baskets and the Russians were ahead 38-31 at half-time.

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