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Kevin Ware
Kevin Ware

Bronx, N.Y.

High School:
Rockdale County (Ga.)

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175




Pitino Reviews 2013-14 Men's Basketball Season

The Cardinals finished the year with a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.


No. 3 Louisville Routs Cornell, 99-54

Wayne Blackshear led the Cardinals (3-0) with 20 points, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers.


Smith Scores 30 Points in 97-69 Cardinals Victory

Cardinals commit only five turnovers as Russ Smith scores 30 points in win over Hofstra.


No. 3 Louisville Overpowers College of Charleston, 70-48

Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points and five assists.


No. 3 Louisville beats Pikeville 90-61

Chris Jones scored a team-best 19 points.



Louisville Men's Basketball v Cincinnati



Louisville Men's Basketball v Kentucky



Louisville Men's Basketball Players take kids Christmas Shopping



Louisville Men's Basketball visits Kosair Christmas Party



Louisville Men's Basketball v Southern Mississippi

Sophomore Year:

  • Scored at least five points off the bench on 18 occasions as a junior, including scoring eight or more five times in his last 12 games.
  • Had successful surgery to repair a gruesome broken right tibia on March 31, which he suffered with 6:33 remaining in the first half of the Cardinals' 85-63 victory over Duke. He had a rod inserted into the bone. The unfortunate injury, with his and his teammates' reaction to it, became an international story.
  • Matched a season high with 11 points against Oregon in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, hitting 5-of-7 shots from the field.
  • Handed out a career-high five assists and had two steals against Colorado State in the NCAA Tournament Third Round.
  • Produced nine points against Syracuse in the BIG EAST title game.
  • His 167 points as a sophomore were more than eight times his freshman year total.
  • Had eight points, four rebounds and four assists at Notre Dame.
  • Gained his first career start against Providence and contributed three points and three assists.
  • Scored 10 points against Manhattan in the Cardinals' opening game, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts, including his first career 3-pointer.
  • Had nine points, two rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes at College of Charleston.

Freshman Year:

  • Had the most productive game of his freshman season against DePaul, scoring a career-high six points with a career-best four rebounds in 16 minutes.
  • Handed out four assists, blocked a shot and scored his first basket at St. John's on his 19th birthday.
  • Joined the team on Dec. 14 after he met his NCAA initial eligibility requirements to enroll for the 2012 spring semester in November. He had signed a financial aid agreement with the Cardinals in June, was denied a waiver and subsequent appeal for admittance in early September, and had continued to work on improving his standing.
  • After three days of practice, he played six minutes against Memphis for his first collegiate action. He played in 20 games.
  • Wore No. 23 as a freshman.

High School:

  • Averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a senior in helping Rockdale County post a 26-6 record and finish as the Georgia 4-A state runner-up.
  • First-team all-state selection as a senior and was rated by as the No. 70 overall prospect in the class of 2011, was listed No. 94 in the ESPNU Top 100 and was rated 99th nationally by
  • As a junior at Rockdale County, Ware averaged 14.9 points and 4.0 assists per game while earning 4-A second-team all-state honors as the Bulldogs won the regional championship and reached the second round of the 4-A state playoffs with a 28-2 mark.
  • Had eight points and four rebounds for the White team in the 2011 Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game, played in Louisville's KFC Yum! Center.
  • Scored a season high 28 points as a senior against Meridian (Miss.) High School.
  • As a sophomore, he averaged 16 points, 8.5 assists and eight rebounds as a sophomore en route to district player of the year honors.
  • A broken hand suffered in July 2010 limited his summer competition, but was still named to the USA roster for the 2010 aides Nations Global Experience event in Chicago.
  • Originally signed a national letter-of-intent with Tennessee before being granted a release, and had narrowed his choices to Central Florida and Georgia before joining the Cardinals.


  • Born Jan. 3, 1993 ... Son of Lisa Junior and Kevin Ware, Sr. ... Has three sisters (Donna, Brittney, Khadijah) ... Major is communication.
  • His uncle Marlin Capers played basketball for the Germany National Team and for pro teams in Europe.
  • Enjoys shopping, watching movies, going out to eat and playing with his dog Scar in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend UofL because "this was the place that best fit me. I knew I would achieve a lot and the fans are the best in the land."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was that the harder you work now, the easier it will be later.
  • Few people know that he is "a poet and I admire Ryan Gosling."
  • Most proud of "how much I have grown being mentored by Rick Pitino."
  • Rick Pitino has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Feels Omar Epps would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was "Magic Johnson, the greatest passer ever."
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is his "beautiful national championship ring."
  • Best moment of his athletic career was "winning a national championship for the best team in the country."
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: his character.
  • Best thing about being a Cardinal is "these marvelous fans."
  • Would most like to meet God.


  • Basketball Player: Russell Westbrook
  • Athlete, other than a basketball player: Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning
  • NBA Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat
  • Movies: scary movies
  • TV Shows: Breaking Bad, Family Guy, American Dad, Spongbob Squarepants
  • Actor: Chris Jones, Russ Smith
  • Comedian: Kevin Hart
  • TV Personality: Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley
  • Subject: English
  • Web Site:,
  • Musical Group/Singer: MMG
  • Foods: Pizza, chicken, spicy foods, seafood
  • Midnight Snack: Skittles
  • Vacation spot: Barbados
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Kemba Walker

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