Enes Kanter helps local 10th grader get elected as school president

Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter is now winning both on the court and in the polls.

The veteran center, who was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Carmelo Anthony trade, just helped a 10-year-old Queens native get elected as school president. Ihsan Yumak, a fifth-grader at PS 188, met Kanter at a basketball camp in New Jersey last summer. Sharing a love of basketball and a common Turkish background, the two grew close. When Yumak decided to run for class president, he called on his much taller friend for an endorsement.

According to the New York Post, Kanter promised to hold a fundraising basketball clinic at the school if his buddy was elected. He was also featured in Yumak’s posters and even made an endorsement video. That’s pretty big deal for a fifth-grade presidential campaign. Kanter came in clutch, as Yumak won the election over three other candidates.

“I achieved my goal because Enes Kanter helped me,” Yumak told the New York Post. “It’s always been my dream to become president. Without him, I would not have become president.”

Kanter was happy to lend a helping hand. He said he was impressed with Yumak’s ambition and wanted to help.

“That a Turkish little kid had the confidence in himself that much to want to be a school president in America — that’s why I wanted to help,” Kanter said. “It was a really cool thing.”

He went on to say he hopes to bring some Knicks teammates to PS 188.

“I’m really excited to visit the school. It’s not just about basketball,’’ Kanter said.

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