The NCAA has been notoriously inconsistent in its awarding of waivers to players, but it looks like they got one right this week in allowing Georgia State Panthers transfer and former Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware to play immediately this season. Ware transferred to Georgia State earlier this spring after sitting out much of 2013-14 while recovering from his now famously gruesome leg injury.
"I am really excited for Kevin and his family," head coach Ron Hunter said. "This is another huge boost for our team as Kevin is a talented guard who adds another dynamic to our roster. He has been working hard since his arrival and been welcomed by the team. I expect him to continue to work hard as we prepare for the upcoming season."
Ware played in nine games for Louisville last season, averaging 1.7 points per game before putting himself back on the shelf for the remainder of the season. He was a key player off the bench for Louisville's 2013 championship team, averaging 4.5 points in 16.6 minutes per game while connecting on 44.7 percent from the floor and 40.5 percent from three.
According to coach Ron Hunter, Ware has been working out hard all summer and will participate in the team's four-game trip through Central America in August, citing Ware's need to play in competitive games as one of the main reason for the trip.
Ware should contribute right away alongside Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter on the perimeter for the Panthers, who enter 2014 on the heels of a 25-9 season, Sun Belt regular season championship, and NIT appearance. Those two combined to average 34.1 points per game and throwing Ware into the mix gives Georgia State one of the best mid-major perimeter trios in the country.