UGA or Georgia Tech? Rockdale’s Kevin Ware granted release from Tennessee basketball scholarship

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Let the recruiting sweepstakes begin for Kevin Ware, who instantly became one of the nation’s top free agents in college basketball on Thursday.

On Thursday, Ware said he was granted a release from his Tennessee basketball scholarship. The 6-foot-4 guard from Rockdale County High School is ranked as the No. 56 prospect in the nation by Rivals.

Louisville, UGA, UCLA, Kansas, Georgia Tech, LSU, Florida State, Central Florida and Syracuse are rumored to have interest in Ware, who said he has yet to talk with any college coaches. Ware will begin making contact with colleges within the next few days.

However, Ware said if he had a wishlist, he’d love to take official visits to Louisville, UCLA, Georgia and Central Florida.

“I’m happy about the release and to see how my whole recruiting process will go now because I really didn’t go through it the first time,” Ware told the AJC on Thursday. “I committed to [ex-Tennessee coach] Bruce Pearl when I was a sophomore and never thought about going anywhere else until he was fired. Now I want to go the regular recruiting process and see how things go.”

Look for the college that has the coach with the most outgoing personality and charisma to have an edge with Ware. “The most important thing will be my relationship with the coach. You know, I have to feel like we have a connection. Whichever coach I get in a real good relationship with, that’s the one I am going to sign with.”

Ware is one of Georgia's top 5-10 high school athletes, regardless of sport (AJC)

Ware needs to work on his outside shooting and dribbling skills, but can run the fastbreak with the best of them. He has a world of athletic potential (AJC)

Ironically, Tennessee scored points with Ware by granting him the release on Thursday. Ware had the understanding that he would have to wait with new coach Cuonzo Martin before the Volunteers would honor his request. Ware said checked his email around 1 p.m. Thursday and had the paperwork from Tennessee.

“I’m not going to put them out of the race because they have a new coach,” Ware said. “Tennessee is a good school, besides athletics. I could see myself at Tennessee. I will meet with Coach Martin for sure.”

What about Georgia? “I’ve heard they have one scholarship open, and I’m interested if that’s true. I’d love to play with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Georgia Tech? “Don’t know much about the new coach, but they are close to home and in the ACC.”

Ware averaged 19 points and 9 assists while leading Rockdale County to its first appearance in the state championship game since 1987.

RELATED: Milton High’s Julian Royal sticks with Georgia Tech under the new basketball coach (click here)

92 comments Add your comment

Gordon

March 31st, 2011
8:16 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

March 31st, 2011
8:17 pm

Does UGA have a scholarship available for him?

Gordon

March 31st, 2011
8:17 pm

He will be a Dawg !

Brian F.

March 31st, 2011
8:17 pm

Gordon

March 31st, 2011
8:17 pm

sounds like they do. Trey must be going to the NBA

Brian F.

March 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

Lets go get this guy !! UGA Fan !!

Brian F.

March 31st, 2011
8:20 pm

Petino is a scumbag who has already talked about retiring after their loss to Morehead State !!

Michael Carvell

March 31st, 2011
8:28 pm

@JAW, I’m just going by what Ware has heard, and he has heard “yes, there is one UGA schollie available.” It could be from Thompkins or Leslie testing NBA waters, maybe a walk-on who was put on scholarship now has to give it up, maybe someone is transferring, etc.

tater tot

March 31st, 2011
8:35 pm

Oh i know he is coming for sure and UGA will win the NC……. :P

tater tot

March 31st, 2011
8:36 pm

TC

March 31st, 2011
8:36 pm

GT really doesn’t need another 6″7 guy, buy what the hell.

DawgTime

March 31st, 2011
8:45 pm

Would be an excellent addition to the backcourt in Athens.

Come on down Kevin!

Gee Tee

March 31st, 2011
8:46 pm

Go to Georgia State if you want to stay close to home. GT is a program on the decline with a low grade new coach. Derek Craig for President.

dr

March 31st, 2011
8:47 pm

If he’s interested in a quality education and the chance to play in front of his family & friends,he’ll stay in state at Georgia Tech.

GT!

March 31st, 2011
8:49 pm

Tech is the best option. Come help us get back to an elite level…the dogs are looking at a tough year if Leslie and Thompkins leave. Tech has plenty of talent, and Shumpert will likely return instead of entering the draft. This team could be pretty good if things go the right way. With Royal and Ware, Coach Gregory could have a special first year.

Got Milton dad's back

March 31st, 2011
8:49 pm

Thompkins is gone for sure. Ware’d be a good fit. He’s an athletic combo guard, but he needs work on his long range shooting. I like the way he competes.

GT65

March 31st, 2011
8:53 pm

Love to have you Ware at GT…..All new program, be a part of it. Go Jackets.

JOD

March 31st, 2011
8:54 pm

Close to home and in the ACC, nuff said. If not GT, most likely Louiville.

Dirk Dribbler

March 31st, 2011
8:54 pm

I thought the Tech is the best option is the football line. Is the new no-name coach going to run a middle school offense also?

GAwJa dAWGS

March 31st, 2011
8:55 pm

We certainly to win the NC in rounball if you hook up with US at UGA.

GT

March 31st, 2011
8:57 pm

Funny thing is, Fox could barely beat GT with the worst coach in history. What happens when GT gets going? Back to the cellars and reality!

GTFAN45

March 31st, 2011
9:01 pm

ok im a tech but sadly i hear hes going to UGA by a close friend who knows him just being honest

funny

March 31st, 2011
9:02 pm

ha the NC? You guys are out of your mind. Fox had a super talented team this year and got pushed right out in the first round. You guys should aim for a sweet 16…you know keep it realistic. Who other than Leslie or Thompkins will lead you to the NC? Gerald Robinson? hahahaha

CATLANTA

March 31st, 2011
9:03 pm

GT,mark fox is 2 and 0 vs tech idiot

Johnny 5

March 31st, 2011
9:06 pm

GTFAN45, Im a close friend of his girlfriends, sisters, uncle, and I heard other wise, just being honest!

Johnny 5

March 31st, 2011
9:07 pm

Jeeze, the bball dogs are becoming just as delusional as the fball dogs… good grief!

GTFAN45

March 31st, 2011
9:07 pm

johnny 5 what did you hear brah?

UGA

March 31st, 2011
9:09 pm

who needs kevin ware we have dustin ware im sure all the tech fans remember that kid

Johnny 5

March 31st, 2011
9:11 pm

GTFAN45, His sister, cousins, uncles, nice said he will be going somewhere else.

GTFAN45

March 31st, 2011
9:12 pm

tell me where johnny

GT!

March 31st, 2011
9:13 pm

So beating GT is the definition of his success? Now thats funny…you failed to mention the fact that during that same time he had a losing season, finished last in the SEC I believe, and barely made the tourney only to get knocked out in the first round with two future NBA players on the roster. You play 30 something games during the season and one of them doesnt define a coache’s success. Im just looking at the big picture…if Fox has a good season next year after losing Leslie and Thompkins then I will say he is a good coach. Felton sucked, but you cant deny that he brought some talent to UGA. The jury is still out on Fox. And for the record GT owns the series by 20 games…the correct order will be restored shortly.

GT!

March 31st, 2011
9:18 pm

CATLANTA

March 31st, 2011
9:21 pm

GT, im a uk fan so idc but its a joke that tech calls its self a basketball school i mean really?

Delbert D.

March 31st, 2011
9:23 pm

Uhhh, Young Mr. Ware is a 6′4 Guard, not 6′7.

UGA

March 31st, 2011
9:25 pm

we run this state tech stop being jealous

GT!

March 31st, 2011
9:26 pm

Well then you should know one game means nothing! UK fans are dime a dozen, and guessing by your communication skills you probably never went there or graduated. Until a week ago GT had a more recent final four appearance than UK. Hope you enjoy the final four…because if history repeats itself this one will have an asterisk next to it in the record books within a few seasons.

CATLANTA

March 31st, 2011
9:30 pm

its ok we only have like 13 more and im sure GT loves playing in CATLANTA

GT300

March 31st, 2011
9:39 pm

Come to Tech where you can run the show with Royal.

Worm

March 31st, 2011
9:43 pm

Thank you, thank you very much..A scholly is available and if Thompkins and Leslie come back, then Nolte could take a year off.

gtfanfrom1951

March 31st, 2011
9:52 pm

ACC
ACC
ACC
ACC
ACC

Michael Carvell

March 31st, 2011
9:55 pm

@JOD, I agree with you on Louisville. They might even be the frontrunner. But a lot to be played out.

HobbyP

March 31st, 2011
9:56 pm

This obviously can’t be true (Ware being released) because the “experts” that post here said there was NO WAY UT would release him. If he doesn’t go to Tennessee, surely he has enough brain cells not to go to Georgia….

John Calipari

March 31st, 2011
10:05 pm

CATLANTA, the best thing about 2000 wins is you get to do it again. Don’t hang up that final four banner just yet.

Bnoles

March 31st, 2011
10:09 pm

Not for nothin, but I’ve seen him say multiple times he committed to Pearl when he was a sophomore. I’m a nitpicker but I’m pretty sure it was fall of his junior year. At least that’s what all the recruiting sites say.

AfghanHound

March 31st, 2011
10:10 pm

I bet he’ll try to walk on at UNC or Duke.

Worm

March 31st, 2011
10:12 pm

Nice to see those Tech supporters at Reynold’s plantation going BUSTED..Can you say-John Portman?

Bnoles

March 31st, 2011
10:13 pm

Also, for Georgia fans, he won’t play over Caldwell. KCP is ALOT better

VA DAWG

March 31st, 2011
10:26 pm

Its likely the scholoarship is Bucklin’s. I believe he was awarded a scholarship last year. Good luck to the kid, but it would be nice to see him land in Athens. GO DAWGS!

MC 12

March 31st, 2011
10:57 pm

UGA would not be a good fit because Kevin and Kentavious play the same position and kevin would have to backup Kentavious. Neither one have good point guard skills, moreover UGA will try and use that scholy to get a small forwrd or power forward especially if Travis and /or Trey leave. Both of them ned to work on getting to the cup because good teams will try and take away your strengths.

NOT a Hewitt Fan

March 31st, 2011
11:11 pm

Rockdale High puts a lot of kids in GT and UGAY. Like to see the kid stay at home. GT is straight down i-20. Go Jackets!