Status: UK signee
Power forward | 6-9 | 215
Hometown: Burlington, N.J.
The first frontcourt commitment for UK’s 2020 recruiting class, Ware has continued to improve and move his way toward five-star status as his high school career has progressed.
A New Jersey native, Ware enjoyed a breakout summer, showing marked improvement from the spring to summer before his senior season, which he will play at Camden High School for former NBA player and assistant coach Rick Brunson.
“The light comes on at different times for different kids. Especially for big kids,” said his Nike league coach, Andy Borman. “And Lance is a big young man. It just came on in June. I wish I could take credit for it, but I think it was Coach Brunson having time with the kid.
Borman described Ware as a rim-running, rim-protecting post player that can play on the block but is also capable of stepping out on the floor, both offensively and defensively — the type of versatility that will give John Calipari plenty of options for how he wants to use him on the court next season.
Ware averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game during the annual Nike Peach Jam finals in July, upping his stats on all of those categories from the regular season.
“I don’t know how many big men Cal has had in his mold — when it comes to just being so skilled with the basketball from 15 feet and in. He can play in the low post, the short corner area, the high post, even the three-point line. He can pass, he can shoot, he can dribble a little bit, too.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans