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Lance Ware says he’s coming back next season

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Ware has a lot of potential that will take time to tap into.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats freshman Lance Ware has announced via Instagram that he will return for a sophomore season in Lexington.

“Yes I’m coming back next year,” Ware wrote.

As probably the least surprising decision to come this offseason, Ware’s return could also be one of the more promising transactions. Kentucky will very likely lose Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr this offseason, while it’s unclear what Keion Brooks will do, and Cam’Ron Fletcher has already left the program.

Having a big man with experience is always a luxury to have in college basketball, even if Ware’s impact on the 2020-2021 season wasn’t large.

2020-2021 Season Stats

  • 2.0 points per game
  • 3.0 rebounds per game
  • 0.4 assists per game
  • 40.6 field goal percentage

While Ware’s season was up and down, he did have an “impact game” in a thrilling double-overtime win at Mississippi State. The Wildcats were limited to an eight-man rotation, and Ware stepped up big, securing a season-high 13 rebounds in a season-high 35 minutes.

Though there wasn’t much else in terms of opportunities, Ware did have a chance to learn behind two talented bigs in Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr. Kentucky assist Bruiser Flint also said that Ware was “one of Kentucky’s smartest players.”

Also, Ware didn’t start started playing basketball until he was in the eighth grade, so he’s still likely just begun to tap into his full potential. He may very well develop into an impact starter before his college career ends, but at worst, should be a decent bench contributor next season.

Now, with another offseason in Lexington, the upcoming sophomore can set his sights on a major jump for year two and an extended role with the Wildcats.

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