By Nakawunde Kautharah
Turkish born NBA star who plays for Oklahoma City Thunderser, Enes Kant was in Uganda recently to promote the game of Basketball.
Addressing the media at Nile dialogue platform offices, Kanter said he was pleased with the warm reception he was accorded. He promised to do more to help Ugandan children to promote.
Standing six feet, 11 inches, Kanter told the young star basket-ballers at Turkish schools to keep working hard for the realization of their dreams and play for others as well.
“ 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. 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.
Kanter was born May 20, 1992, in Zürich, Switzerland, while his father, Mehmet, attained his M.D. from the University of Zurich. Originally from Erciş, Turkey, his father is a professor of histology at Trakya University.
Before moving to the United States, Kanter played under Serdar Apaydın’s management for the Fenerbahçe youth squad between 2006 and 200 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