The Kevin Ware saga is now officially over according to a report that the Rockdale County product has committed to play at the University of Louisville. According to his stepfather, Ware is excited for the opportunity to play for Rick Pitino.
"Kevin is excited about the opportunity to learn the game of basketball from Coach Pitino, who has been successful on every level. Kevin couldn’t pass on that opportunity. Kevin’s excited, we’re excited and Coach Pitino is excited."
Ware's recruitment became eventful after he received his release from the University of Tennessee following the dismissal of coach Bruce Pearl. Ware first committed in April to Central Florida but de-committed a little over a week later after recruiting allegations surfaced involving a street agent.
After the Central Florida fiasco, Ware took to twitter to release his list of schools that he was considering. Both Louisville and Georgia were joined by Kansas, Kansas State and UCLA. There was no word on how many of those schools were actually interested. Ware took an unofficial visit to Georgia a few weeks ago.
Rockdale County High product Kevin Ware is expected to visit Georgia this weekend and Louisville later this month. Georgia has already signed five players for its 2011 recruiting class but has room to take on Ware. Georgia coach Mark Fox hasn't commented publicly on Ware's recruitment since Ware picked Central Florida over Georgia last month.
Ware backed off from his Central Florida commitment after a New York Times article suggested that UCF used a street agent in his recruitment. After that development, Ware dropped off the radar for a bit before emerging on Twitter last week to announce five schools he was considering. Those schools were Georgia, Louisville, Kansas State, Kansas, and UCLA. There was no indication of how many of those schools were actually interested in Ware.
Ware is a 6-foot-4 guard who Rivals ranks as the No. 56 shooting guard in the country.
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The 6-foot-4 guard from Rockdale County High School told the AJC last week that Louisville and Georgia were his top two choices but that he had to talk to the coaching staffs to make sure they were still interested.
"Louisville and Georgia are my [frontrunners]. I just have to talk to the coaches and see if they are still interested in me. I really don’t know where things stand."
Mark Fox has five players signed for his 2011 recruiting class at Georgia but has the room to add one more if he chooses to. Ware is ranked in the Top 100 by Rivals.com.