Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware announced more than two months ago that he would be heading to join rising mid-major powerhouse Georgia State, but on Thursday morning, Ware received some incredibly positive news regarding his immediate future on the court.
Thanking God for another day and blessing me with immediate eligibility to play this year!!
— Kevin Ware (@5Juice) June 19, 2014
Later, there was confirmation of Ware’s personal “report”, as Jeff Goodman of ESPN spoke with Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter.
Kevin Ware has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season for Georgia State, coach Ron Hunter told ESPN. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 19, 2014
The 21-year-old Ware is best known (unfortunately) for the horrific leg injury that he suffered during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but he is a big-time addition for Georgia State’s program. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 4.5 points per game off the bench for the 2013 National Championship team before suffering the injury, and while that may not seem like an “impact” player, his pedigree indicates that he will be highly useful, especially at a mid-major program.
Ware will team up All-American candidates in both R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow to form one of the best and most experienced backcourts in the country (mid-major or otherwise), and it will be interesting to see how much playing time he can garner as a junior. Kevin Ware holds two remaining years of eligibility, but it will be incredibly easy to root for him to succeed immediately, especially in an effort to remember him for something more positive than his highly visibly injury.