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BREAKING: 2020 four-star forward Lance Ware commits to Kentucky

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Kentucky has landed its third commitment in the class of 2020.

Lance Ware, a four-star forward out of Camden, NJ, chose the Wildcats this afternoon over offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Miami, Providence, Georgetown, Louisville, and Oregon, among others.

The newest Wildcat made the announcement at a ceremony at his school today.

“I want to thank my family, my friends, all the coaches that have helped me grow as a person and as a player,” he said. “This has been a tough decision, going to all these schools and meeting all of these coaches, building the relationships with all the coaches and assistant coaches. After spending time talking with my family and everybody that I trust and that is important to me, I’ve decided that I want to go to the University of Kentucky.”

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward joins a long list of elite New Jersey natives to play for John Calipari that includes Dajuan Wagner, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Briscoe, Nick Richards, and Kahlil Whitney.

Playing for the NY Renaissance during the Nike EYBL summer circuit this year, the newest Wildcat averaged 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and a block per game during the EYBL regular season, but then upped that to 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks during the 2019 Nike Peach Jam Finals. After his strong summer, several recruiting analysts pegged Ware as one of the most underrated prospects in the nation.

But what makes his game stand out? The four-star big man is an incredibly fluid and athletic lefty with one of the best motors in all of high school basketball. While he needs to continue to build strength – and he certainly has the frame to do so – Ware possesses a finesse game highlighted by a smooth fadeaway jumper, range out to 12-15 feet, manageable ball-handling skills, and above all else, he is considered a tireless rebounder and rim protector.

Ranked as high as No. 31 (Rivals) and as low as No. 42 (ESPN) in his class, 247Sports gives him a Composite ranking of No. 32 overall.

Ware will follow five-star guard BJ Boston and four-star wing Cam’Ron Fletcher to Lexington in Kentucky basketball’s 2020 recruiting class, which is now ranked No. 1 overall in 247Sports’ team rankings with a total score of 64.21. Virginia is ranked No. 2 overall with a score of 60.47, followed by Xavier at No. 3 with a score of 58.63.

On Saturday, 2021 top-three prospect Terrence Clarke is set to make his decision at 1:00 p.m. ET, with Kentucky seen as the runaway favorite to earn his commitment. Despite some academic hurdles in his path, the 6-foot-7 guard is widely expected to reclassify to the class of 2020, which would ultimately give the Wildcats two top-ten prospects (Clarke and Boston) and two four-star forwards (Ware and Fletcher) at their disposal two full months before the early signing period even begins.

Until then, check out some of the newest Wildcat’s most recent highlights below:

Welcome home, Mr. Ware.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

13 Comments for BREAKING: 2020 four-star forward Lance Ware commits to Kentucky

  1. Han
    4:08 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to the Big Blue Nation!

  2. JPhelps
    4:10 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    The hair shouts Reid Travis light. The game does too, although his jumper looks to be a little more polished. Let hope he turns into something like that! Welcome to the fam.

  3. IrishCat
    4:16 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Huge get! Keep ‘em coming Cal!

  4. Racerr11
    4:18 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    As usual Cal is the man.

  5. JASUN74
    4:24 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Nice! Great pick up for Kentucky. Proud to have you Lance, keep working hard this year because you’re getting ready to be a rockstar!!

  6. dballrb
    4:24 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    4?s at Kentucky go 1 and done. So good things to come.

    • michaelb
      12:11 pm September 13, 2019 Permalink

      Is that what were hoping for ? For players to just leave after one year then call it success ?

  7. mashman 93
    5:54 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to the #BBN Lance!!!! Yes!!!!!

  8. KYjellyRoll
    5:58 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Does this hurt Ky chances at green and Christopher?

    • ColoradoCatFan88
      7:00 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

      Why would signing a forward hurt our chances with 2 guards? Lol

    • Carcrook
      10:21 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly! Most fans read/hear the names, but have no clue about them.

  9. UKFanSC
    6:41 pm September 12, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome aboard !!

  10. Dustin Rumbaugh
    10:27 am September 13, 2019 Permalink

    I was going to write that I love mixing in a kid like this, unlike our normal super athletic but less skilled guys…but man….this kid is athletic and skilled. Not sure how he is a four star. Obviously can’t learn a lot from highlight videos but this kid looks like a 5 star athlete with 5 star skills too. Get those ball handling skills together and he would be a perfect wing/stretch 4. I’m pumped about him!!!