In the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, Enes Kanter took it to current Ohio State center, Jared Sullinger. Kanter made a name for himself, scoring 34 points on 13-21 from the field and 8-9 from the line. while grabbing 13 rebounds, 8 of which were on the offensive end. Kanters 34 points surpassed Dirk Nowitzki previous scoring record.
On the defensive end, Kanter held Sullinger to 22 points and 8 rebounds. John Calipari apparently didn’t forget what Kanter accomnplished last year against the National Freshman of the Year.
As part of his preparation, Cal instructed the team to call Kentucky’s lone Senior Josh Harrellson, Enes Kanter for last night and all day Friday. Harrellson addressed the situation in the post-game interview Friday night.
“Yeah a little bit today and a little bit last night,” said Harrellson. “Just to get me going a little bit and I think it worked. I came out and played like Enes would play. I think it was a good thing.”
Calipari is known for being a master motivator, and obviously the psyche helped propel Harrellson as he led the Cats in points and did a yeoman’s job on Sullinger.
Asked about what it was like to be called Kanter, Josh got a kick out of it.
“It was kind of funny at first,” said Harrellson. “They give us water bottles everyday and I was looking around saying where’s my water bottle and one of the guys pointed to zero. I was like oh, I got you. It was fun, but it got me going. Got me real confident.”
For the night, Harrellson had a team high 17 points and 10 rebounds on 7-9 shooting. Although Sullinger scored a game high 21 points and 16 rebounds, Harrellson job on Sullinger allowed the Cats to press up on the 3-point line, ceasing Ohio States best weapon, the 3-point shot.
Up next, a revenge match against UNC with a much improved Josh Harrellson down low.
(via Nation of Blue)