LEXINGTON, Ky. – The NCAA ruled Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter permanently ineligible to play for the Wildcats, though the school will appeal the decision.
The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff says Kanter received benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.
The NCAA defines actual and necessary expenses as those directly necessary for practice and competition on a team. The NCAA ruled Kanter received over $33,000 above his necessary expenses for the 2008-09 season.
The 6-foot-11 Kanter played for a Turkish club team for three seasons before playing at Stoneridge Prepatory School in Simi Valley, Calif., last year.