Pitino updates Blackshear, Ware's status

Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware, two of Louisville's top recruits, still aren't on campus and won't travel with the team next week to the Bahamas. Rick Pitino updated their status on Wednesday.

Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware, two of Louisville's top recruits, still aren't on campus and won't travel with the team next week to the Bahamas.

Blackshear, a McDonald's All-American and the Cardinals highest-ranked signee, is completing core course requirements in Chicago. His AAU coach, Nick Irvin, told the Chicago Tribune last week the 6'5 guard/forward should arrive at Louisville shortly.

Ware, who originally signed with Tennessee, was a late addition to Louisville's recruiting class in the spring. Ware committed to Central Florida, but backed out after the New York Times reported that Ken Caldwell, a reputed ‘runner' from Chicago, arranged telephone conversations between Ware and UCF coach Donnie Jones, an NCAA rules violation.


Kevin Ware
"We fully expect both of them," Rick Pitino said Wednesday. "The only reason this is being talked about is we're getting ready to go to the Bahamas and they're not part of the trip. This happened in other years to guys like Earl Clark."

Even if Blackshear was on campus, Pitino said he wouldn't play in the Bahamas because he's still recovering from shoulder surgery.

"They're doing very well," Pitino said. "Physically, Wayne has not played basketball since the McDonald's game, which he should have never played in because he had an injured shoulder."

Though the 6-foot-4 Ware is more of a natural two-guard, Pitino hopes he can play minutes behind Peyton Siva at point guard.

"We're hoping that Kevin can play some point guard," Pitino said. "If you play multiple positions you'll get more playing time. I think Wayne and Kevin are going to play multiple positions. We need Kevin Ware to play some point guard for us."


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