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Lance Ware will return to Kentucky in 2021-22

Kentucky freshman forward Lance Ware will return for his sophomore campaign in 2021-22.

The 6-foot-9 forward out of Camden, NJ announced on his Instagram story this afternoon that he will be back in Lexington for year two.

“Yes (I’m) coming back next year…” Ware said.

During his freshman campaign, Ware appeared in 21 games and made three starts, racking up 41 total points, 63 rebounds, 11 blocks, eight assists and six steals. The 6-foot-9 forward led the team in rebounds and blocks in two games, along with leading the team in steals once. He also produced a pair of double-figure rebounding efforts, once in an eight-point, ten-rebound, three-block effort at No. 18 Missouri and a four-point, 13-rebound, four-assist effort in Kentucky’s double-overtime victory at Mississippi State.

As a senior in high school, Ware led Camden High School (NJ) to a 29-1 record, averaging 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks for a team that won its final 25 games en route to NJ.com Player of the Year honors. He was also a NJ.com All-State First Team selection. As a recruit, the four-star forward was ranked as high as No. 36 in the class of 2020 by Rivals.

Ware’s decision marks the third Wildcat to return to the program this offseason, with Devin Askew’s father, Brian, confirming with KSR his son will be returning to Kentucky for his sophomore campaign, along with Dontaie Allen’s mother, April Allen-Thomas, also confirming with the Falmouth Outlook that her son will be back in 2021-22. Elsewhere, Isaiah Jackson officially put his name in the NBA Draft without an agent on Wednesday, while freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher officially entered the transfer portal on March 13.

Welcome back, Lance!

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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41 Comments for Lance Ware will return to Kentucky in 2021-22



  1. bigblue98
    3:40 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Great news – welcome back Lance. Love seeing these guys come back – gonna be good next year.



  2. VirginiaCat
    3:48 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Love Ware’s motor and his competitiveness. This year’s experience will go a long way in preparing him for a bigger role down the road. Welcome back!



  3. ClutchCargo
    3:59 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Having spent a year in a college strength and conditioning program will pay dividends for him next season, I think. He has a big frame, but isn’t really strong enough to play the way he has to at this level. The motor is already there, and you can’t coach that.



  4. just a guy
    4:00 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    College freshman drive Mercedes?



    • Wilfred Smith
      4:09 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      If his family had saved for college, then didn’t need it because of scholarship.



    • Stop Hammer Time
      5:08 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Nike probably paid for it.



    • minton22
      5:15 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      I think the world is getting pretty tired of negative trolls like yourself. Get outside and be JUST A GUY enjoying the nicer weather instead of being JUST A TROLL. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Peace, love and chicken grease!



    • Wilfred Smith
      5:34 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      I read that he’s the great-nephew of WWE Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware. Probably a gift.



    • The Big Lebowski
      12:59 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Not to mention….it’s an old Mercedes.

      They aren’t that expensive when they’re old. Just expensive to maintain.



    • Big Sexy
      9:30 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Are you saying his parents aren’t successful and can’t afford nice things? Why would you assume that? I see college kids driving nicer vehicles than I have all the time.



    • neat1ky
      9:33 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

      What a troll, you would be complaining when they leave and complain when they come back, go back to Duke or UL



    • Megan
      12:58 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Big Sexy for the win. There’s an economic assumption here that’s unfortunate. You also see it when fans use “family finances” as a reason to enter the draft, as if the player’s family must be struggling. You know, because …



  5. az1006
    4:28 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Yes, college freshmen can drive a Mercedes. And, if he’s at home (which Cal said earlier this week, the entire team is) then it’s a safe assumption it belongs to his family. In any event, knew there’d be that guy the second I saw the picture.



    • zoupman
      8:36 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Where else would he go? Of course, he is returning.



    • neat1ky
      9:34 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

      He could have transferred



  6. JGo
    4:37 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Gr8! Now get to work young man!



  7. Kfckernel
    4:52 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome back



  8. UKgrad80
    4:56 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome back Lance looking forward to seeing you in year two!



  9. mashman 93
    5:07 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome back Lance glad you’re back. GO CATS!!!!



  10. Stop Hammer Time
    5:07 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Thank God! We need his scoring punch. Nice to have a proven shooter as well.



    • Alex90
      5:31 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Dumb



    • BlueByYou
      7:25 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      What the ‘we’ all about D-head



    • shepdog3720
      10:21 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Hammer Time, that’s a straight _ick move.



    • Megan
      12:59 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

      BlueByYou – Kentucky’s not your team? It sure is mine.



  11. sharpshooter81
    5:35 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    I like to see Ware transform into a player like Obanor from Oral Roberts. That kid was awesome in the Ohio St game just now.



  12. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    5:35 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Welcome back lance. Hard work, getting in great condition and 10-15more pounds and you’ll be all the way ready for a bigger role for yrs to come



  13. kyfanem
    6:06 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Awesome news!



  14. JoeBee
    6:09 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Yes! I really love is hustle, he’s got a motor! His offense will come along. Great news!



  15. runningunnin.454
    6:25 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    How come we get a phone “firepower” alert when a player declares for the draft; but, don’t get one when a player says he’s coming back to UK?
    That’s backwards, isn’t it?



    • Megan
      1:00 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Boom.



  16. Brutal Hustler
    6:55 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    In the words of the late, great Sheev Palpatine, a surprise to be sure but a welcome one



  17. millertim
    7:07 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Good news! Love how hard he plays!



  18. kentuckybackupplayer
    7:23 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    I expect him to be a rebounding machine next year. great news.



  19. CombatMedic_98
    1:14 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Everyone returning got Mercedes



  20. UKFanSC
    7:06 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Great to see. Now get to work !! We need mo betta……



  21. Big Sexy
    9:34 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

    I think we are going to get 3-4 years out of Lance. I’ve thought of him as a Nick Richards or WCS type player. Take a few years to break out.



  22. neat1ky
    9:37 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Now we need Brooks and Topin announce coming back which I expect



  23. 44stewart
    9:57 am March 20, 2021 Permalink

    I crack up at all the haters that say cal needs to get players to stay. Then players stay and they make fun of them because they were not superstars. Can’t have it both ways.



  24. HighBallScreen
    1:31 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Happy he is coming back. He has a lot of work to do in his game. Let’s not kid anybody!

    So with him back and Allen and Askew let’s cue up that Story again about a Loaded Team next year….