Former UT signee Kevin Ware to play for Louisville

Former Tennessee men's basketball signee Kevin Ware will play his college basketball at Louisville, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

Ware, who made a verbal commitment to sign with UT as a sophomore and signed with the Vols in November, is a 6-foot-4 guard out of Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga.

Ware asked for and received a release from his National Letter of Intent with the Vols after former coach Bruce Pearl was fired.

New coach Cuonzo Martin attempted to continue to recruit Ware, but the previous UT staff had used the schools' allotment of in home visits, and that complicated the process.

Ware then made a verbal commitment to Central Florida before decommitting and choosing Louisville after visiting there last weekend, according to the Courier-Journal.

Ware is ranked No. 70 in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 99 by Scout.com.

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johnlg00 writes:

Wonder if he'll ever see the floor there. I'm not knocking the kid either as a player or a person, but he surely needs to be more decisive and strong-willed than he has shown himself to be so far if he expects to make an impact at Louisville. I'm not saying he would not have been a good player at UT, but his position is jam-packed, number-wise at least. We could probably survive losing him better than either of our new big men, simply because of that numbers issue.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Wonder if he'll ever see the floor there. I'm not knocking the kid either as a player or a person, but he surely needs to be more decisive and strong-willed than he has shown himself to be so far if he expects to make an impact at Louisville. I'm not saying he would not have been a good player at UT, but his position is jam-packed, number-wise at least. We could probably survive losing him better than either of our new big men, simply because of that numbers issue.

We were going to have to sign big men regardless of whether or not Ware stayed or went, but his situation was handled poorly, and now he's at a school in much better shape than we are, but hey, we got those two start kids who have heart, and wins dont' matter as long as the kids hustle. . .right?

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

Good decission ,at least he's got a chance to be with a winning team!

carbonzip writes:

He's already had a career just picking a school.

easleychuck writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

Good decission ,at least he's got a chance to be with a winning team!

and play for a coach who wears ice cream suits and makes very bad restaurant decisions.

John_10065 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Wonder if he'll ever see the floor there. I'm not knocking the kid either as a player or a person, but he surely needs to be more decisive and strong-willed than he has shown himself to be so far if he expects to make an impact at Louisville. I'm not saying he would not have been a good player at UT, but his position is jam-packed, number-wise at least. We could probably survive losing him better than either of our new big men, simply because of that numbers issue.

Oh come on!

This is a kid not a 40 year old adult. He picked UT probably in no small part because of Pearl and his staff.

So he went CF then to UofL after being released? Big deal! You can bet on one thing though, if Pitino wanted him he is a decent player and WILL get playing time.

wildmed writes:

Good luck, young man.

tennrich1 writes:

As I understand it the UCF fiasco probably isn't over yet.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor really not care for the drama ..good luck.
Bones never lie.

OrangePride writes:

in response to easleychuck:

and play for a coach who wears ice cream suits and makes very bad restaurant decisions.

I frankly thought his restaurant menu selections looked very appetizing.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

I guess that Vols 4 Life statement he made as early on as this year sounds really flimsy right about now.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

I guess that Vols 4 Life statement he made as early on as this year sounds really flimsy right about now.

Witch Doctor believe(VFL) more like
"Vaulting For Louisville."
Bones never lie.
*Crippled Coon ...the funk never dies! lol

Biggie writes:

Give the kid a break. We (Pearl) screwed up the deal, not him. Louisville is a good place for a guard to play. Wish him luck and move on.

TDTennesseeisfree writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Hey, the Gibbs Hall funk lasts forever!!

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

We were going to have to sign big men regardless of whether or not Ware stayed or went, but his situation was handled poorly, and now he's at a school in much better shape than we are, but hey, we got those two start kids who have heart, and wins dont' matter as long as the kids hustle. . .right?

"...but his situation was handled poorly..."just what does that mean? Coach Martin did not use up all the alotted home visits. Was he suppose to violate more NCAA rules, bend over backwards to get Ware? I don't get the negativity. Ware obviously wanted to play for Bruce Pearl. That was no longer possible and he left. That's all!

OrangePride writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Actually prefer White Castle.

lgilbert writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I guess you just look at a guys first year and judge him from that. Yes, Coach Martins first year record was 3-15 in conference and 11-20 overall. His second year was 8-10 in conference and 24-12 overall (winning season if you count overall wins. Wins 75 percent his second year) Then his third year is 15-3 in conference (a complete 180 of his first year) and 26-9 overall. Before you start making generalizations, please look at the overall picture. Give the guy a chance, I believe he will be ok. Sorry, some of you, many calling yourself Vol fans, already have him as a loser before seeing the first game. As for this Vol fan, going to get behind our new coach and wait for great things to happen. GO BIG ORANGE. VOL FAN FOR LIFE.

VolInIndy writes:

in response to lgilbert:

I guess you just look at a guys first year and judge him from that. Yes, Coach Martins first year record was 3-15 in conference and 11-20 overall. His second year was 8-10 in conference and 24-12 overall (winning season if you count overall wins. Wins 75 percent his second year) Then his third year is 15-3 in conference (a complete 180 of his first year) and 26-9 overall. Before you start making generalizations, please look at the overall picture. Give the guy a chance, I believe he will be ok. Sorry, some of you, many calling yourself Vol fans, already have him as a loser before seeing the first game. As for this Vol fan, going to get behind our new coach and wait for great things to happen. GO BIG ORANGE. VOL FAN FOR LIFE.

Finally, the voice of reason. Thanks, it was refreshing.

brod writes:

if pitino wanted him. he can play. hate we lost him, but there are plenty of guards on the team.

easleychuck writes:

in response to lgilbert:

I guess you just look at a guys first year and judge him from that. Yes, Coach Martins first year record was 3-15 in conference and 11-20 overall. His second year was 8-10 in conference and 24-12 overall (winning season if you count overall wins. Wins 75 percent his second year) Then his third year is 15-3 in conference (a complete 180 of his first year) and 26-9 overall. Before you start making generalizations, please look at the overall picture. Give the guy a chance, I believe he will be ok. Sorry, some of you, many calling yourself Vol fans, already have him as a loser before seeing the first game. As for this Vol fan, going to get behind our new coach and wait for great things to happen. GO BIG ORANGE. VOL FAN FOR LIFE.

Thank you.

flatrock writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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U-L basketball is big-time and is the biggest game on campus; U-L football hired a guy who interviewed for- and was turned down by- just about every SEC school.

I feel good about Martin- and even better about Dooley. Not so good about our A.D.

MothershipChip writes:

I had thought this kid would end up a Card all along; good luck Ware.

Man I am ready for the Rocky Top league so we can see the new recruits in action; that will give us some kind of idea of what they bring to the table.

Go Big Orange!!!

ctownvol writes:

in response to BigOrangeSmoker:

Good decission ,at least he's got a chance to be with a winning team!

More like a pole smoker.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Your troll posts get weaker and weaker.

TennVol01 writes:

First UT, then Central Florida, and now Louisville. UT is the only real basketball school that wanted him? He is an immature young man and no telling where he will end up. At UT he would have had a ton of playing time. Good riddance.

easleychuck writes:

in response to OrangePride:

I frankly thought his restaurant menu selections looked very appetizing.

Not really much of a fan of adultery but, to each his own.

Flabbergasted writes:

I think he might be over-rated. He has bad hands according to ESPN and is prone to turnovers. He had six or seven turnovers in an All-Star game. I couldn't take another guy like that.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Yet we still beat Vandy on a regular basis..anyway on topic...it wasnt Martin's fault that he couldnt get in this kids living room to try to keep him...you never know how a coach will do in a new atmosphere...Donovan and Chizik were not big names starting out and he had a losing record yet both have NCs so it can happen..I vote we let the man actually coach a game or two before we assess him..

8ball writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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sounds like a 7 year old talking.. How old are you

scvols writes:

in response to easleychuck:

and play for a coach who wears ice cream suits and makes very bad restaurant decisions.

LOL!!! That is funny.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

To me this is about the player and not the coaches. I don't blame Pearl or Martin. I love Louisville. UTC has gotten great players from that area in the past(div II NC). I can't say I'm a Pitino fan especially.
Anyhow I think we have some potential at the guards. And good luck Ware.

dcap8424 writes:

VFL!

VolNationPride writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Through 25 years at belmont, byrd was 518-278. Through 3 years at missouri st., Martin was 61-41. So Martin averaged a little over 20 wins and 13 losses over those 3 years. So if you take those stats and multiply them over the same 25 years that byrd has coached, then Martin would have a record of 500-325. Since he improved every year, that number would be higher on the win side. Byrd averages 20 wins and 11 loses.

Seems you lost your argument.

Thank you for playing.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to brod:

if pitino wanted him. he can play. hate we lost him, but there are plenty of guards on the team.

That was, of course, the general intent of my original post at the head of this thread. Giving full consideration for his youth, jumping from a commitment to UT, then to UCF, then to Louisville, all in a matter of weeks, would seem to be evidence of a certain indecisiveness that COULD be a problem at a high-pressure program like Louisville. We will just have to see if Ware is that much better than any of our other wing candidates, but I still say that we can survive losing him better than we could losing any of our present and/or future post players since we have so few of the latter.

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