Enes Kanter turned down $6 million from a pro team in Turkey to attend college

Enes Kanter - photo by Kelly Kline | Nike
Enes Kanter - photo by Kelly Kline |

As soon as transferred into his prep school, Derryk “Tank” Thornton began reading.  The coach at Stoneridge Preparatory School in Simi Valley, Calif., Thornton had heard the horror stories of shepherding an international basketball player toward eligibility. He had heard the tales of the NCAA withholding a player from a sizable portion of games in his freshman season because of a decision made years before he knew what college basketball was.  Thornton was determined to steer Kanter, the 6-foot-10 star from Turkey and ESPNU’s No. 3-ranked center, clear of such obstacles.

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