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Enes Kanter anxious to get back on basketball court

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 19, 2011

Enes Kanter is one of the few top picks willing to work out for NBA teams this week. In fact, he can't wait.

Kanter is anxious to prove to teams why he is projected to go so high after being forced to sit out last season because the NCAA viewed him as a professional. He had committed to Kentucky, but never got to play a game for the Wildcats. The last time anyone saw Kanter on the floor was when he was at the Hoops Summit last summer, when he opened eyes with some big performances.

At 6-foot-10 and 255 pounds, Kanter admits he is the biggest unknown in this draft. But he's still a projected top five pick and could be a possibility for the Cavs with their No. 4 overall pick.

"I'm so happy I'm here," Kanter said. "Finally, I can show myself to NBA guys. This is my dream."

While other projected top picks like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams have passed on the workouts, Kanter has no choice. He must work out to show teams what he's capable of doing. That's fine with him.

"I have nothing to hide," he said.

Kanter, from Turkey, could've returned to Europe to play last season after he was ruled ineligible. But there were hurt feelings over his departure from his former team and he came to America to get an education and play basketball. So that's what he did. He had no desire to Europe, so he remained in Lexington all season and helped coach John Calipari's team any way he could.

Kanter has known Cavs center and fellow countryman Semih Erden for a few years and would obviously love the opportunity to play with him.

"I played with him when I was 15," Kanter said. "He's my good, good friend."

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