Thursday, April 7, 2011
Kentucky celebrates Enes Kanter, Final Four
By Diamond Leung
Enes Kanter is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's Kentucky baseball game, as the school gets a chance to honor one of the members of the team that went to the Final Four.
The center from Turkey didn't play a single minute after the NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible for accepting impermissible benefits, but Kentucky is making sure he gets to be cheered as a "men's basketball student assistant coach."
Kanter, who is expected to be a lottery pick in this year's NBA draft, didn't make the trip with the team to the Final Four, but did make an impact as a practice player.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats will also celebrate its Final Four appearance by hanging a banner in Rupp Arena. Coach John Calipari tweeted about the plans shortly after the team's loss to Connecticut in the national semifinal, only to have fans tweet back that only championship banners hang in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky had to remind its fans that Final Four banners are indeed hung, and the school is finalizing plans to raise its 14th banner.