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Kanter expected to immediately fill void in middle

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The first official men's basketball signee of the spring signing period is in.

International star Enes Kanter has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky.

Kanter, a five-star player according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, is widely regarded as one of the up-and-coming recruits in all of basketball following his 34-point, 13-rebound performance at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., over the weekend.

I'll save the repetition of reposting everything we have on the front page, but please check out the full release, including a quote from head coach John Calipari.

I will state the obvious and say this is a huge get for the team on day one of the signing period given the voids left by the DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and Patrick Patterson in the middle. While Kanter isn't the prototypical center like Cousins was, he can still bang down low as well as step out and hit the midrange jumper.

Calipari actually talks a little bit about Kanter and his recruitment in a story by Mike DeCourcy. Check out the full story at sportingnews.com.

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