Ex-Tennessee basketball recruit Kevin Ware committed to Central Florida over Louisville and UGA on Monday night.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Rockdale County High School told the AJC the opportunity to play immediately and his connection with the team’s coaches and current players were major factors into his decision. Ware made an official visit to Central Florida this past weekend, and had an in-home visit with UCF coach Donnie Jones on Monday night.
“Playing time, point guard and coaches he really liked; it was the perfect combination — then there’s being in the state of Florida,” said Ware’s stepfather, Wesley Junior.
“He felt comfortable with the visit and I think the fact that they wanted him to play point guard from the start was a big factor. He has been communicating with the players since the visit and that really made Kevin feel comfortable. It was just a good overall fit.”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino made an in-home visit with Ware on Sunday night. South Carolina, Ole Miss and Central Florida observed Ware in workouts at his high school on Monday afternoon. Georgia was scheduled to come around on Tuesday. Ware’s family called Pitino and UGA’s Mark Fox to inform him of the decision.
“Coach Pitino and Coach Fox were disappointed that Kevin didn’t take an official visit to their respective schools, but they were very classy; they wished him well,” Junior said. “Our family wants to thank them for the opportunity. They are both great schools. Kevin just felt ‘at home’ at Central Florida.”
At Central Florida, Ware will get a chance to compete for significant playing time immediately at point guard, according to Junior. “Coach Jones said Marcus Jordan will probably play the two guard, which is exciting for Kevin,” Junior said. “He’s excited about playing in the same backcourt with Marcus.”
The 6-3 Jordan, a rising junior, is the son of a former NBA player named Michael Jordan.
Back to Ware: He committed to Tennessee as a sophomore, and signed the Volunteers last November. He asked for and was granted a release from Tennessee following the firing of coach Bruce Pearl. New Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said he wanted Ware to remain with the Volunteers but neither side had communicated since the Volunteers got a commitment from another guard on Saturday.
Ware is ranked as the nation’s No. 56 basketball prospect by Rivals. He averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds while leading Rockdale County to its first state championship game since 1987 this past season.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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