Kevin Ware eligible to play immediately at Georgia State
06/19/2014 09:40 AM
Former Louisville Cardinal Kevin Ware was granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play this coming season for the Panthers. He announced his intention to transfer earlier this year.
Ware tweeted Thursday morning, “Thanking God for another day and blessing me with immediate eligibility to play this year!!” He will join former UK point guard Ryan Harrow who was also granted immediate eligibility and played last season.
Georgia State went 17-1 in their first season in the Sun Belt Conference last year, winning the regular season title before losing in the conference championship game. The Panthers return their top two scorers from that team, guards R.J. Hunter and Harrow.
“I’m happy for Kevin,” Georgia State coach Ron Hunter told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “This closes that chapter for him, and he can finally start over.”
Hunter said with Ware next season’s team may be better at defending than his first team at Georgia State, which was one of the toughest teams to score on in school history.
“He’s a tremendous talent,” Hunter said.
Kevin Ware became a household name during the Cardinals tournament championship run in 2013. The 6’3” guard broke his leg during the Elite 8 game against Duke. The horrific scene played out in front of a national audience and “Win For Ware” signs were staples at Cardinal games for the rest of the tournament.
Kevin’s comeback was cut short last season however. The junior guard was shut down after just nine games to continue to rehab his leg. Shortly after the season ended, Ware announced his intentions to transfer. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
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