Kanter to enroll at Findlay Prep
News travels when you rank as the No. 1 high school team in the nation, win the national championship and finish 33-0.
Apparently as far as Turkey.
Enes Kanter, a 6-foot-10 post player widely considered the top European prospect, will enroll at Findlay Prep on Wednesday.
Scouts Inc.'s take
Kanter is a high energy, competitive combination forward. He is more of a face-up power forward at this stage of his game. He is a good, not great, athlete with comfortable shooting range to about 17 feet -- although he can knock down jumpers out to 22 feet with time and space. He is crafty and can put the ball on the floor from the high post or low wing and get to the rim with a clear path. In the post, Kanter scores with power drop steps or his jump hook.
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"I think with our recent success, it's spurred a lot of interest from all over the place," said Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck. "And the family, I think, did its due diligence. They targeted probably a few places for him to finish out his high school career."
Let the college coach salivation begin: A class of 2010 prospect, sure to rank in the top 20 nationally, is entirely up for grabs.
The MVP of the U18 European Championships, Kanter finished with 32 points and 25 rebounds in the semifinals against Serbia.
And then he one-upped himself with 35 points on 16-of-22 shooting, 19 boards, and four blocks in the title game against Lithuania.
The effort came despite the fact that at 17 years old Kanter was a full year younger than most of his opponents.
Kanter played briefly in the Euroleague but Peck, who has helped other European players wade through the NCAA Clearinghouse, doesn't expect there to be an issue with his eligibility.
"The key is he didn't accept any money or have a contract; even though other people on his team did and they were professionals, he was not," Peck said. "He'll have a laundry list of paperwork to get through, but that should be it."
Peck has never seen Kanter play live. He's never even met him; the two have communicated via phone or e-mail.
But when the family reached out to Peck late last month, it only took a little video watching and Internet browsing to convince Peck to bring Kanter to Las Vegas.
Of course Findlay Prep is no ordinary American high school.
It is not governed by any state federation, its players travel like a year-round AAU team and the athletics programs exists as a sort of outsourced independent arm of Henderson International School.
While some are questioning the ethics of the arrangement -- Findlay Prep originally was funded by UNLV booster Cliff Findlay -- the Pilots are having no problem attracting top talent.
A year after Avery Bradley, rated the top player in the class of 2009, starred at Findlay Prep, Peck has added to his roster four from the junior and senior classes who rank among ESPN's top 100.
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com.
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