Dec 31, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware (5) sits courtside before the Louisville Cardinals faces the UCF Knights at UCF Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Amid rumors that he would consider transferring closer to home after announcing he would leave the Louisville basketball program, Kevin Ware was a simply a face on the wide-open transfer market in college hoops. However, multiple reports are indicating now that the guard is heading to Georgia State.
If the name Kevin Ware sounds familiar, he is the Louisville guard who endured the painful and infamous incident of violently breaking his leg during the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, though, the 6-foot-2 Ware was a solid reserve contributor to a future national championship team, and after playing only 9 games this past season, he has reportedly healed fully in order to play at his top capability for his new team.
It remains to be seen if Ware, who averaged 4.5 points per game in 16.6 minutes during his last full season at Louisville, will be eligible right away, as he will have to request a waiver, but because he is transferring close to home, it is believed that Ware will likely be ready to play immediately. The Panthers are loaded in the backcourt with Ryan Harrow and RJ Hunter returning to campus, but Ware could immediately have a real impact in the Sun Belt, and Ron Hunter’s club is putting together one of the best mid-major rosters in the country.
Stay tuned for more updates, but the Georgia State Panthers just bolstered what was arguably the best college basketball roster in the state of Georgia with a former high-major player.