Kevin Ware sustained one of the worst injuries ever seen on a basketball court, suffering a compound fracture to his right leg. However, after a long and tenuous recovery, he now finds himself back in the NCAA Tournament.
Ware redshirted his 2013-14 season at Louisville, and came to the conclusion that moving on was the best option for his basketball career. As a result, he opted to be closer to home by transferring to Georgia State, and his impact has been felt throughout the Panthers basketball program.
Ware only averages 7.3 points on the season, but his performance during Georgia State’s win over Georgia Southern was key to the Panthers coming away with the Sun Belt Tournament Championship, as his 18 points accounted for just under half of the team’s 38 points.
Next up for Georgia State is their opening round game against the Baylor Bears. For the Panthers to pull out the upset it’s going to take another strong performance from Ware to get the job done. However, you can be assured he will be fired up and ready to take center stage at the NCAA Tournament for the first time since his freak accident.
“I will not be defined by that moment,” Ware said after his transfer to Georgia State. Ware left Louisville to escape the past, and focus on the future. Right now, his sole focus is the present and his time as a Panther, not a Cardinal.