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Will Enes Get to Practice Again?


There has been a little misconception (brought about in part by media reports) about the question of whether Enes Kanter will be able to practice in the coming weeks with UK. The situation is complicated and somewhat fluid, but here is how it stands:

1. All players who are not yet cleared by the NCAA are given a 45 day waiver to practice with their teams. Most players use the waiver from September 1 to October 15, the regular start of practice. Enes Kanter used his early because of the summer trip to Canada.

2. Kanter’s automatic waiver has expired but UK can (and likely will) apply for a special exemption to allow him to practice after October 15, if the NCAA has not made a final eligibility determination at that time. Then if he is granted the waiver, he can practice until the decision is made.

3. If no decision has yet been made, a source at UK tells me that Kanter will be a part of the Big Blue Madness festivities, even though he will not play.

So the answer to the question is that Kanter still has the ability to be allowed to practice with the team. While it is not certain he will get a waiver, they are usually granted and most feel that Enes will still get to practice with the team after October 15. Either way he will be a part of Midnight Madness and will get an intro that hopefully incorporates the Undertaker.

Article written by Matt Jones