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Courtesy: Georgia State Sports Communications
Transfer Kevin Ware will be eligible to compete for the Panthers this season.

Ware Cleared by NCAA to Compete Immediately

Courtesy: Mike Holmes/Sports Communications
Release: June 19, 2014
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ATLANTA-Kevin Ware, who transferred to Georgia State earlier this spring, has been cleared to play immediately by the NCAA and will be on the court for the men’s basketball team this fall. Georgia State applied for a waiver with the NCAA allowing Ware to return home to Atlanta for family reasons.

Ware played nine games this past season as a junior before being sidelined with an injury. He is expected to have two years of eligibility remaining with Georgia State.

During Louisville’s run to the national championship in 2013, Ware averaged 4.5 points in 16.6 minutes per game as the first guard off the bench. That season he shot 44.7-percent from the floor and 40.5-percent from 3-point range, swiping 39 steals.

Ware is unfortunately best known for a gruesome leg injury he suffered in Louisville’s run to a national championship against Duke. With 6:33 to play in the first half of that game, Ware broke his right tibea just in front of the team bench. The injury and his teammates reaction to it became an international story on the Cardinals run to a title. Ware became the fourth-most searched athlete in the world in 2013 on Google due to the 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.

“I would like to thank the NCAA, University of Louisville and all of the members of the Georgia State staff who helped make this possible. It was a total team effort and greatly appreciated by the coaching staff and Kevin’s family.”

As a high school senior, Ware led Rockdale County to a 26-6 record and state runner-up finish, averaging 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He was named first-team all-state and was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 70 overall prospect in the class of 2011. He was also listed as the No. 94 prospect in the ESPNU Top 100 and was rated 99th nationally by Scout.com.

Georgia State returns three starters from a squad that went 25-9 last year, winning the Sun Belt Championship and advancing to the Postseason NIT.

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