SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz went overseas to bolster their roster, using the No. 3 overall pick on 6-11 center Enes (En-iss) Kanter of Turkey — a move that leaves the door open for them to take local favorite Jimmer Fredette at No. 12.
In Kanter the Jazz get their coveted big man, especially considering the injury issues that have plagued Mehmet Okur.
The 19-year-old Kanter was considered the best center in the draft, with raw skills and NBA size.
He is a bit of a mystery as he hasn’t played basketball in nearly a year after being ruled ineligible at Kentucky.
Kanter showed flashes at the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit, scoring 34 points for the World Team to break Dirk Nowitzki’s record (33). He also was Most Valuable Player for the 2009 Turkish Under 18 National team.