Update: Kevin Ware "in good spirits"

University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware is resting comfortably on Monday in an Indianapolis hospital room. Ware, who had surgery to repair his broken right leg on Sunday night, is getting an outpouring of support from friends, and fans all over the country, including many athletes and celebrities.

One day after suffering a horrific leg injury, University of Louisville sophomore basketball player Kevin Ware was up and walking on crutches in his room at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

The sophomore from Atlanta underwent two hours of surgery on Sunday night after suffering a compound fracture in his right leg with 6:33 left in the first half of U of L's 85-63 victory over Duke in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

"He's doing terrific," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's in great spirits. He will be with us in Atlanta (next weekend for the Final Four)."

Pitino and several members of his basketball staff along with his son, Richard, stayed in Indianapolis on Sunday night and visited with Ware. They were back at the hospital and took some photos on Monday. Richard Pitino, who is now the head coach at Florida International, recruited Ware to U of L.

"The first time he just broke down and cried (was) when he heard the players talking about him," Pitino said. "Now he's in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys."

U of L sports information director Kenny Klein tweeted a photo of Ware standing in crutches while wearing a hospital gown and a Cardinals baseball camp that read, "Champions." Another photo showed him flashing a smile with Rick and Richard Pitino standing at his bedside.

Pitino said Ware isn't in any pain after doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod into his leg. Ware is expected to be released from the hospital and return to Louisville on Tuesday if there are no signs of infection.

"As you know, Kevin is from Atlanta," Pitino said, referring to the site of the Final Four. "He gets to go back home with us and sit on the bench with us."

Ware went down awkwardly on his leg after trying to contest a three-point shot by Tyler Thornton just in front of the U of L bench. His teammates and many fans were left stunned at the site of the gruesome injury.

"I've never seen anything like that except on a video, maybe Scarred," said sophomore Chane Behanan, who collapsed at midcourt and was sobbing.

Ware asked Pitino to call his teammates together before he was taken off the floor on a stretch and he told them, ‘Just win the game'."

The Cardinals beat Duke and are headed to a second straight Final Four.

Pitino said Ware's girlfriend was with him on Sunday night and his mother and stepfather are now with him in Indianapolis.

Ware, who had become a key role player off the bench for the 33-5 Cardinals, is getting well-wishes from everywhere. His name and several hashtags with his name in it were trending worldwide on Twitter on Sunday night.

U of L trainer Fred Hina told Pitino at halftime that the injury was like former U of L running back Michael Bush suffered against Kentucky. Bush recovered from the injury and has had a productive NFL career with Oakland and Chicago.

Bush tweeted last night that: "I just cried. I feel so bad. Flashback of myself. Anyone, if he needs anything please let me know."

Ware has heard from lots of folks on Monday.

Pitino said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called him this morning to check on Ware and NCAA President Mark Emmert called U of L athletic director Tom Jurich to also check in on the players status.

Ware has also received a call from former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who sustained a broken leg on Monday Night Football in a game.

NFL stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, a bunch of actors, singers/musicians and other athletes have send their prayers via twitter and other social media platforms. Ware was the lead story on The Today Show.

"We won this for him," Pitino said after the game.


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