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October 6, 2011For one night, at least, Enes Kanter will be free in Rupp Arena.
Kanter will play for the Big Blue All Stars, a team of former Kentucky players, in an Oct. 24 game at Rupp against the Villains, a collection of former UK rivals.
Former Wildcat Jeff Sheppard, who is organizing the game, made the announcement Thursday afternoon at Rupp Arena.
"I have a very special announcement that just developed an hour ago for us, we have an addition to the Big Blue All-Stars and I'm so excited to announce he's going to be playing for us," Sheppard said. "For the first time playing on Rupp Arena's floor, Enes Kanter will get to play for the Big Blue All-Stars."
Former UK players John Wall Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, Jodie Meeks, Tayshaun Prince and Nazr Mohammed are tentatively scheduled to play for the All Stars.
Tentatively scheduled to play for the Villains are Terrence Williams (Louisville), Rudy Gay (Connecticut), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Nolan Smith (Duke), Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Shelvin Mack (Butler), Zach Randolph (Michigan State) and Eric Gordon (Indiana).
Former Duke star Christian Laettner, whose buzzer-beater sank Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional Final that many consider the greatest game in the history of the NCAA Tournament, will coach the Villains. Former UK star Rex Chapman will coach the All Stars.
The rosters are subject to change, Sheppard said, and the game would be canceled if the NBA resolves its current lockout.
The game will have an NBA format of four 12 minute quarters but the three point line will stay the college regulation length.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at $50 for lower-level seats and $25 for upper-level seats. VIP tickets will be available, ranging from $75-$250. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and the Rupp Arena box office.