Enes Kanter is such a mystery to scouts that they are even using the speed at which he learned English as a testament to his work ethic. In an interview with Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, Kanter says that when he first came to Kentucky, he only knew a few phrases (“Free Enes” and “Yes, you can take your picture with me?”). After he was ruled ineligible, Kanter made learning the language a priority, hiring a tutor and spending hours practicing:
“I took a tutor for my classes because it was really hard, it was my second language, and I was practicing, but after classes and before classes I talk to my teacher and everything. If they were talking too fast, I would say, ‘I don’t understand, can you repeat it again? Can you repeat it again?’ I think some teachers, they got annoyed with me. I took tutor, maybe, four times a week, something like that.”
Apparently, it’s paying off; scouts and front offices are impressed. Hey, whatever works.
Oh yeah, get ready for an old-school KSR Miss USA Pageant LIVE BLOG tonight with Matt, Beisner, Drew, Turkey Hunter and Mosley, coming your way at 9 p.m. At least Enes speaks better English than this lady: