Late top 100 pick up for L'Ville
Kevin Ware
Kevin Ware
Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 30, 2011

Kevin Ware's college decision is in. He's headed to Louisville to play for Rick Pitino and the Cardinals.

Louisville added a late, but quite talented piece to their 2011 recruiting class on Monday.

Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound combo guard, gave Rick Pitino and his staff a verbal commitment, while on his official visit. His mother Lis Mack confirmed the news.

“With all that has been going on he just finally wanted to take the visit and meet the coaches and the team and see if he’d be comfortable,” Mack said. “Rick is a great coach and he knows he has a lot to learn and he’ll be able to learn a lot from Rick.

“He seems to be happy,” Mack said of her son, who is a standout at Conyers (Ga.) Rockdale County. “He’s very confident with his decision.”

Ware was originally signed to play at Tennessee, but he opted out of his Letter of Intent when Bruce Pearl departed. He then made a commitment to Central Florida, but backed off that shortly after.

Since backing away from the UCF commitment, Ware,’s No. 99 prospect, has been looking at Louisville and Georgia.

“The visit was pretty much the deal closer,” Mack told “We had a comfort level that he developed and he thinks it’ll be a great place for him. On top of the ability to learn and they have a great fan base.”

“He was here and he visited and he got to meet everybody,” she said. “He just felt comfortable with everyone. He just decided to go with his heart. He went with what was best for him.”

Ware is the fourth top 100 prospect to join Louisville’s 2011 class. He joins five-star prospects Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan, four-star prospects Zach Price and three-star standout Angel Nunez, to make up their top 10 recruiting class.

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