The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Enes Kanter’s time in the EuroBasket tournament has come to a close. Turkey lost a second round match up to Serbia, 68-67, and will not be eligible to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. This is what the SLT had to say about Enes’ time in the tournament:
Kanter scored a co-team high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds during eight games, ranking sixth overall during the tournament in field goal percentage (59.2).
Now that he isn’t playing with the national team, Enes will be deciding if he wants to head overseas, particularly to China, to play in the instance of a lockout. His agent, Max Urgel, says that Kanter has offers from two Chinese teams and if the lockout stretches into late September, he will strongly consider joining one of them to avoid missing another year of basketball.
If he doesn’t go to China, Enes plans on staying stateside and working our with trainer, Tim Grover, who is also connected to a number of Chinese clubs. Enes will not be returning to Kentucky to informally work out, but you know what they say, “If you love something, stage a massive internet campaign petitioning for its freedom.” We did our job.