6-0, Fr., Guard
Averages: Avare did not play this season.
Overview: Avare, whose father – Rick – is Rick Pitino's longtime friend and business manager, was a walk-on at U of L and opted to redshirt this season to get a year of college under his belt. He's small and needed to try and gain some weight and add some strength, plus he said a year or workouts would be a huge benefit to his game. Avare still has four years of eligibility remaining.
Projected future: Avare was one of the best shooters in the state of Kentucky but he's small and needs to add strength. He did play six minutes against Kentucky Wesleyan in the exhibition game and had three points and three rebounds, but used the year to get stronger and adjust to the college level. He was a 40-percent three-point shooter in high school and he can contribute in that role in the future, but only if he puts on some weight and adds some strength.
Quotable: "We thought it would be a good idea to redshirt," Avare said. "All the guards we have on this team, I wouldn't have played anyway. So, this was a developmental year for me. I got to work on my game and strength and use the year to grow and I still have four years of eligibility left. I have gained some weight and I really feel like I have improved my game."
Fun stat: Avare hit 82 three-pointers during his senior season at Lexington Catholic, averaging 11.2 points a game.
Bottom line: Rick Pitino has had great success with his walk-on players in the past and Avare could be another one of those. He's a sensational shooter and can get it off at the college level if he adds some strength.