Kevin Ware

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Kevin Ware
File:Kevin Ware cuts the net after 2013 NCAA championship.jpg
Ware cuts a net after Louisville's victory in the 2013 NCAA championship game.
No. 32 – Georgia State Panthers
Position Guard
League Sun Belt Conference
Personal information
Born (1993-01-03) January 3, 1993 (age 26)
Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Rockdale County (Conyers, Georgia)
College
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Douglas Ware (born January 3, 1993) is an American college basketball player at Georgia State University and also a former player for the University of Louisville. Ware received widespread media attention when he suffered a graphic break to his right leg in an Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils on March 31, 2013, on an attempt to block a three-point shot by Tyler Thornton.[1]

Early life

Ware was born on January 3, 1993, in Bronx, New York, to Lisa Junior and Kevin Ware, Sr. Growing up, Ware has three sisters Donna, Brittney and Khadijah.[2] Ware and his family moved to Atlanta when he was 14, but shortly after, they moved to Rockdale County, Georgia, so the family could live in "more of a quiet area."[3] Scout and Rivals.com both listed Ware as a four-star prospect out of a possible five stars, while ESPN gave him a 92/100 rating.[4][5][6] He had a broken hand in July 2010. Ware had signed a letter-of-intent with Tennessee, but changed his mind after Bruce Pearl was fired as Tennessee's basketball coach.[7] His choices were down to Georgia and Louisville before picking the Cardinals.[8]

College career

In his freshman season, Ware played limited minutes. In his sophomore year, his minutes began to increase as Louisville's first guard off the bench to relieve Peyton Siva or Russ Smith. Ware had disciplinary issues, however, and Rick Pitino suspended him for a game against Pittsburgh.[9] After his return, Ware's production and minutes increased for the remainder of the season. In consecutive games in the NCAA tournament, Ware dished a career high 5 assists against Colorado State, then scored a career high 11 points against Oregon.[10]

Injury

On March 31, 2013, in the first half of an Elite Eight game against Duke, Ware landed awkwardly after attempting to block a three-point shot attempt by Duke guard Tyler Thornton and suffered a compound fracture to his right leg which protruded several inches out of his shin.[11] Players and coaches on both teams were visibly shaken at the sight of the injury.[1] While lying on the floor of the court, Ware repeatedly said, "I'm fine, just win the game."[1] After being tended to courtside for several minutes, Ware was carried off on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis.[12] Surgeons inserted a rod into his tibia in a two-hour operation. In a performance the players dedicated to Ware, Louisville beat Duke 85–63. As the game concluded, Louisville forward Chane Behanan wore Ware's jersey in a show of solidarity for his teammate.[13]

Many NBA players showed their support for Ware and shared their sympathies through Twitter, including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant.[14] Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann and the Louisville Cardinals former running back Michael Bush, who both have gone through the same kind of injury, called to give their support.[15] Ware traveled with the team to the Final Four in Atlanta,[16] where he sat alongside his teammates as they won the national championship.

2013–14 season

Ware returned to competitive basketball for the first time during an exhibition game against the University of Pikeville, entering the game midway through the second half. Ware received a standing ovation upon entering the game, and another after making his first shot, finishing with six points and four rebounds.[17] He played in nine games that season.

redshirt the 2013–2014 season in order to continue his recovery.

He later decided to transfer in order to "move on," and move to a school closer to the state of Georgia such as Tennessee, Georgia State, or Auburn.

On April 12, 2014, Ware officially transferred to Georgia State University.[18] He started the 2014–15 season with two years of eligibility. Ware was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in which he led Georgia State to victory in the championship game, earning GSU a ticket to the NCAA Tournament where they upset third seeded Baylor in the second round.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wolken, Don (March 31, 2013). "Louisville's Kevin Ware suffers gruesome leg injury, players emotional". USA Today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Kevin Ware". Retrieved March 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Know your Cardinals: Sophomore guard Kevin Ware".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Kevin Ware". Rivals.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "2011 Louisville Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Paul Fortenberry VolQuest.com (2011-03-21). "Signee Ware asks out of LOI". Basketballrecruiting.rivals.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Ware & Hancock Added to UofL Men's Basketball Roster". WHAS TV. Retrieved 31 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Wayne Blackshear (shoulder), Kevin Ware (suspension) out vs. Pitt". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Ware Has Successful Surgery To Repair Broken Leg".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Sifferlin, Alexandra (April 1, 2013). "Kevin Ware's Awful Break: How Could It Happen?". Time.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Schwartz, Nick (March 31, 2013). "Louisville's Kevin Ware receives outpouring of support following horrific injury". USA Today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Chane Behanan Wears Kevin Ware's Jersey During Final Moments of Louisville's Win Over Duke". NESN. March 31, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and other NBA players show support for injured Louisville player". NewsOK. April 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Chicago Bears news-: Michael Bush reaches out to injured Ware – Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Kevin Ware OK'd for trip to Atlanta". ESPN.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Kevin Ware returns in exhibition". ESPN. 2013-11-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Kevin Ware headed to Georgia State

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