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.”
2020 Camden (NJ) and NY Rens forward Lance Ware just announced his commitment to Kentucky at his school pic.twitter.com/Mg0YP2K8zh
— Ari Rosenfeld (@ARosenfeldDVHR) September 12, 2019
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.