Ware set to join Cardinals

Rick Pitino talked about the addition of Kevin Ware, an athletic prospect from Georgia, who will join Louisville's team next week.

Louisville will complete final exams December 13. Kevin Ware, an athletic guard from Georgia, will join Rick Pitino's team on December 14, the day after the end of the semester.

Ware, who did not meet freshmen eligibility requirements, but gained his eligibility for the 2012 spring semester, could give a boost to Pitino's fourth-ranked Cardinals.

"I just had a conversation with him and he asked me, ‘How much do you think I'll play?' Pitino said.

"And I said, ‘I don't know if you'll play at all. I don't know what type of shape you're in. I don't know if you can shoot. I don't know if you can pick up offenses and defenses. I don't even know what position you're going to be."

With freshman guard Wayne Blackshear out with a shoulder and junior forward Mike Marra out for the season with a knee injury, Ware could provide much needed perimeter depth for Louisville if he can quickly learn Pitino's complicated system.

"Maybe he'll shock me and pick it up right away. Maybe he won't pick it up right away," Pitino said. "I think it will be much easier for him to play than Wayne Blackshear because Wayne's been out since April with two shoulder injuries."

A former Top 100 prospect, Ware will bring athleticism and length to the court for the Cardinals.

"He's a great athlete. He's very long. His length is like Gorgui's length – he' got great length," said Pitino. "He has great jumping ability and is a great defender. He harasses people. He's a midrange shooter. He's not a three-point shooter. He puts it on the floor real well. He's a great athlete."

Pitino believes Ware's length and athleticism will benefit Louisville's full court press as the season progresses.

"I saw him in high school and I really liked him a lot," Pitino said. "As we get to pressing more he's going to be a terrific player. I'm going to throw him to fire right away."


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