Jared Sullinger, Brandon Knight and Harrison Barnes have been considered the best players in the 2010 class for quite a while now, but if you watched the Nike Hoops Summit last weekend, you may include another prospect in that group.
Enes Kanter, the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder from Turkey, put on quite a show. Kanter broke Dirk Nowitski's 1998 record for most points scored, with 34 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the 101-97 loss to the US squad.
Still, even going against top bigs like Jared Sullinger and Patric Young, Kanter made 13 of 21 shots and made eight of his nine foul shots, bringing his team back from down twelve points in the second quarter and helping them to a 14 point lead of their own, before the US came back to win it.
Kanter displayed great footwork and great hands, two important pieces to a quality big man. Kanter also had no problem rebounding the ball against the US team, mostly due to his intensity and his ability to anticipate the ball coming off the rim.
Kanter didn't limit his scoring to put-backs and dunks. Kanter knocked down a handful of free-throw line area jumpers and also consistently made his shots from the charity stripe. He also ran the floor well and scored on the break, maneuvering around a defender to avoid the foul.
Overall, Kanter showed that even though he wasn't as athletic as several of the frontline players for the US team, he could use his body and his mind to even the playing field. That may be Kanters most impressive asset: his basketball I.Q.
While replacing a player the caliber of DeMarcus Cousins or Patrick Patterson is next to impossible, Enes Kanter is a great start for Kentucky.