Turkish born NBA star, Enes Kanter who plays for Oklahoma City Thunders was in the country to promote the youth game of Basket ball and also visit Turkish schools while addressing the media at Nile dialogue platform offices. Kanter said that he was pleased with the warm reception that he had been accorded, and promised to do more to help Ugandan Children promote talents and leave better lives.
Standing six feet 11 inches, Kanter told young star basketballers at Turkish schools to keep working hard if they were to realize their dreams and play for others.
“You can only be on top if you play for others. Help and support others and dream hard. This looks like a very posh school, but I wasn’t privileged to have such a sophisticated upbringing. I am from a very humble background and nobody believed that I could even play professional basketball, let alone feature in the NBA,” Kanter said.
While in Kampala, Kanter visited Galaxy international school, Uganda equator, and the Turkish Light academy where he played Basketball with students.
“Iam so impressed that Uganda has got a lot of talented Basketball stars,” he said
Enes Kanter Fact File
Kanter was born May 20, 1992, in Zürich, Switzerland. While his father, Mehmet originally from Erci?, Turkey, attained his M.D. from the University of Zurich, he is a professor of histology at Trakya University.
Before moving to the United States, Kanter played under Serdar Apayd?n‘s management for the Fenerbahçe youth squad between 2006 and 2008 and then, during the 2008–09 season, Kanter was a seldom-used reserve for the Fenerbahçe senior team.
He played in at least nine games with the team four in the Euroleague and five in the Turkish Basketball League. Fenerbahçe and the Greek League basketball team Olympiacos both offered Kanter professional contracts, but he declined because he wanted to play high school and college basketball in the United States.