Green Bay Phoenix add Kerem Kanter to recruiting class

The Green Bay Phoenix announced Tuesday that forward Kerem Kanter, the younger brother of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, has committed to the program for this season.

Kanter, 19, played last season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-9 left-hander also has international experience, playing for the gold-medal winning Turkish squad at the 2013 under-18 European Championships.

“I decided to come to Green Bay because of their winning attitude,” Kanter said. “The program is about winning and improving their players. Another reason is the relationship I built with the coaching staff. They did an amazing job recruiting me and I felt like this place is where I want to be.

“I know they won the Horizon League last year and had a great record. Coming to a team which has a chance to win their league again and go to a tournament and make some noise is a great opportunity.”

Kanter has played in the U.S. since 2011, playing a year at the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts before transferring to Wilbraham & Monson, also in Massachusetts, in 2012.

Kanter was rated a two-star recruit by

“We are very excited to add Kerem Kanter to our program,” coach Brian Wardle said. “To have a young man come over from Turkey and represent our program is exciting not only for Green Bay basketball but also for our entire university.

“Kerem is a skilled forward that brings an ability to score from the inside and out. He has a great bloodline of basketball in his family and we know he is extremely excited to get to Green Bay to pursue his dream of getting a college education and being a Division I player.”

Kanter joins guards Daeshon Francis and Khalil Small and juco center Henry Uwadiae in this year’s recruiting class for the Phoenix.

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