Ware talks favorites, official visits

Kevin Ware will make his first official visit this weekend since being released from his letter of intent to Tennessee. Though he plans to make a few visits before choosing a new school, one program has emerged as the favorite for his services.

Louisville has emerged as the favorite to land four-star Conyers, Ga., guard Kevin Ware. The former Tennessee recruit, who was granted a release from his national letter of intent after Vols head coach Bruce Pearl was fired last month, is also seriously considering UCF and Georgia.

"Those are my three main schools at this point," Ware told InsideTheVille.com Monday. "As of now Louisville is at the top and in front of everybody, but at the same time I just want to weigh it out and see what the other coaches say. I can't just focus on one school right now, but Louisville is definitely No. 1."

Ware, who will play in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic in Louisville later this month, plans to visit all three schools before announcing his decision.

"I do plan to come back to Louisville after the Kentucky Derby Classic for an official visit," Ware said. "It will mostly likely be right after the Derby Classic because I know I can't have contact with the coaches while I'm up there [for the game]. But I definitely want to set up my visit sometime after the Kentucky Derby Classic."

Ware spoke with Louisville coach Rick Pitino last week, who told the 6-foot-4 prospect he'd fit perfectly in the Cards' fast-paced system.

"I've talked to Coach Pitino," Ware said. "It was a great [conversation]. He was just trying to get to know me because I told him a big thing for me is getting to know my coaches well. We talked about basketball and how he thinks I will fit into their program. He thinks I'm probably one of the perfect players for his style of play and I'm definitely interested. It was definitely a good vibe and I believed everything he was saying. That's big for me that he was honest about things."

Pitino told Ware he could play multiple positions at Louisville, including point guard.

"He talked about their guard situation and said I could play multiple positions – the one, two and three – being that his style of play he runs a three guard set," Ware said. "There are minutes there. I just have to come in for work for them."

Georgia, about an hour from Ware's hometown, is also under consideration. The Bulldogs signed McDonald's All-American wing Kentavious Caldwell and Mark Fox wants to team Caldwell and Ware together in the backcourt.

"I do have high interest in Georgia being that they do have Kentavious Caldwell coming in and he's really good," Ware said. "That backcourt would be dangerous, but I want to make sure I can accomplish my goals at the school. So right now Georgia, Louisville and UCF are my top schools because of style of play and the coaches. All three schools have great coaches."

Ware plans to make an official visit this weekend to Central Florida. "Donnie Jones coached under Billy Donovan when they won two national titles. They started off 14-0 last season and I followed them a little," said Ware. "They're a sleeper school, but they are a good school at the same time."

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