ESPN’s Katz on Kanter | Dodson | Strickland

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Analyst Andy Katz, of ESPN, reports the following on Kentucky commit Enes Kanter, the future of Darnell Dodson and Rod Strickland’s current position at Kentucky. Here are some excerpts from his article:

According to a source close to the situation, Kentucky expects Enes Kanter to sign with the Wildcats and ultimately be cleared to play next season.

The source said Kanter’s academics were already cleared through the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA’s amateurism division will next look into whether or not Kanter received any money while he was playing in Europe. Kanter, who originally committed to Washington before turning to Big Blue, was the MVP of the Under-18 European Championships and had a stellar performance at the Nike Hoop Summit game over the weekend, scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for the World Team. The 6-9 forward from Turkey would be an immediate hit for Kentucky.

A source told ESPN.com that Kentucky called Nike officials to see if Kanter was getting paid in some form and was told that he was not. The only gift UK is under the impression Kanter received was apparel, just as most players get.

Meanwhile, Kentucky is hoping to land unsigned guard Brandon Knight and possibly one or two more remaining elite players, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Knight will make his decision known on ESPNU Wednesday.

The Wildcats can use all the help they can get, having lost four freshmen to the professional ranks: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Junior Patrick Patterson is expected to join them as well. At the beginning of the season, only two of the five players were expected to be gone after this season (Wall and Patterson), with Cousins a possibility and Bledsoe and Orton almost assuredly returning for another season.

Freshman Darnell Dodson hasn’t decided if he’s going to transfer, stay at Kentucky or play overseas. A decision on Dodson is expected soon.

According to a source, Kentucky officials are also expected to keep assistant coach Rod Strickland after he was cited for a DUI, his fourth. Strickland will be disciplined but won’t lose his job unless more information emerges from the incident that hasn’t been released.

UKBBN Point of View | The thought of the Cats keeping Coach Strickland was a big surprise to me. After everything I read and his history, I thought for sure he would be gone as he is an example to the young men around him. But, Coach Calipari and the school may decide to place him on a no tolerance plan. I would have expected him to already be on one with his history, but not sure of any of the details or previous discussions. If he stays, I pray that he can find a way to beat the beast for him and his families sake.

Andy Katz’s Full Article on ESPN.com…

Kudo’s to Bluegrass State Basketball for the link…

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