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Omer Yurtseven being ruled eligible (with suspension) a reminder of the NCAA’s bungling of Enes Kanter’s case


Remember Omer Yurtseven? He’s the 7-foot Turkish basketball player that Kentucky expressed some interest in last season. Yurtseven ended up going to NC State, and like Enes Kanter, has had some problems with his eligibility because he received money while playing for Fenerbahçe basketball club in Turkey; however, unlike Enes, he’ll actually be allowed to play this season. Today, the NCAA announced they’ve suspended Yurtseven for nine games and he will be required to pay $1,000 to the charity of his choice. After that, he’s in the clear.

What’s the difference between Yurtseven’s case and Enes’ case? Great question. Both played for Fenerbahçe and both received money from the club, but for some reason, Omer was ruled eligible (albeit with a nine-game suspension) and Enes was not. Omer claimed that the team paid him for the last three years, putting the money into an account they opened in his name, but that he didn’t want or ask for it. Meanwhile, Enes played for Fenerbahçe for the same amount of time, turned down a $6 million contract from the club when he was 16, and the NCAA ruled that because he received more money in expenses for housing, transportation, food, etc. ($33,000, about the same as tuition at a really nice prep school) than they deemed necessary, he wasn’t allowed to play college basketball. Stop me if any of this makes sense.

I’m happy for Omer Yurtseven that he’s able to play college ball, but man, I wish we could still #FreeEnes.


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8 Comments for Omer Yurtseven being ruled eligible (with suspension) a reminder of the NCAA’s bungling of Enes Kanter’s case

  1. keiths
    4:44 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    The difference is, Kanter was previously committed to UW. And that is the school of one Mark Emmert current president of the NCAA. He was president of UW when he was given the NCAA job. If Kanter would have been committed to any other school, He would have been eligible here. This was Emmert just being a vengeful Prick at Kanters expense

  2. BCO
    4:47 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    If I was Enes Id sue the NCAAs guts out.


    Cost us a title that year.

  3. a21CATSfan
    5:20 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    What if Mr. Yurtseven would have committed to the CATS?!

    5:53 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    Happy for the kid. Can’t wait to see him out there with Dennis Smith!!

    Well as much as I like the class now and Cal did a good job… But Coach dropped the ball on this one. He put all his effort into Bolden and was beat out by K, and really didn’t go after him. Backed off the big kid that went to Texas too

  5. Clyde X
    6:12 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    The NCAA is the most corrupt institution on the planet. Emert is such a piece of feces it it unbelieveable. Had UK done what Carolina or Duke has done we would be on probation till the year 2525.

    • Luether
      9:18 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

      The DNC is the most corrupt institution on the planet – not the NCAA…

    • madarchitect
      12:25 pm November 1, 2016 Permalink

      ^^^where were you 2000-2008?

  6. Clyde X
    6:15 pm October 31, 2016 Permalink

    Had this kid come to Kentucky, he would have been ruled ineligible. So, it is a good thing for the kid and UK that he went to NC State.