Enes played for a professional european team receiving compensation for living expenses over 3 or 4 years totaling around $100k.
Enes comes to US to play college ball and continue to NBA.
NCAA is investigating, basically to decide whether the $100k was a reasonable allotment or if it was excessive.
Kanter has been cleared to practice with the team but is still awaiting the decision on his eligibility for this season.
Common misconception is the issue of was he paid or what. He did not receive a paid salary, only compensation for living expenses, which may or may not have been excessive or reasonable. The NCAA must now decide, and are taking there time.
They have to decide because of a new rule and this case sets the precedent for other european players wishing to come to the united states and play.
Such expenses can be paid under NCAA rules without the loss of amateurism and the payment is similar to what kids receive who attend private schools or prep schools. For basis of comparison, an international student who plays at Oak Hill in Virginia is given a scholarship worth $31,000 a year and personal expenses up to $10,000. The NCAA sees such expenses paid by European teams to be similar, as the players play and learn in “basketball academies” that are the equivalent to prep schools in America. Kanter received such expenses and was given money for living expenses, food, transportation, etc.
the issue is largely misunderstood, I don't completely get it, but while we await the decision (which nobody can REALLY comment on yet) it's nice to keep our hopes up.
I realize most people probably don't care.... but maybe, just maybe... someone will