As Enes Kanter’s standing rises on mock draft boards, so too is his self-confidence, it would seem. According to The Sporting News, not only does Kanter feel his game has improved despite having to sit out a season of organized ball – “I worked on my shot, on my face-up game and I think I can play either [center or power forward] now.” – he’s also doing a bit of pick-and-choose among the NBA’s lottery teams in hopes of getting quality playing time from the go.
At the NBA draft combine, the Turkish wunderkind passed on interviewing with the Toronto Raptors (a baller from The Continent who doesn’t want to get with the Euroraptors? Incredible!), Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz, though he did sit for talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards.
Though naturally BallinEurope salivates at the prospect of a Rubio-Kanter connection in Minny in 2011-12, it’s hard to imagine the lad going at no. 1 or no. 2 in the draft. A longstanding rumor has it that Kanter most wants to play for the Wizards, which would establish Washington as Kentucky East with former Wildcat John Wall already starring for the squad.