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Kevin Ware: Ready to play

6'2" guard from Louisville Kevin Ware might be suiting up this upcoming  basketball season for the first time since his injury.  After suffering a fractured knee during the Elite Eight game against Duke back on March 31, 2013, many are anxious to see if he will be performing come the opening game on November 9th against Charlotte. He is expected to have his first full team practice on November 1st.

During the game against Duke, Kevin Ware went to block a three point shot by Duke player Tyler Thorton and while landing he slipped causing a fracture to his right leg.  Louisville went on to win that game 85-63 and the NCAA Tournament resulting in an 82-76 win over Michigan. Out of the 68 teams Louisville was the youngest team on the floor.  They were able to pull together as a team and leave the distractions of Ware's injury off the court which shows real maturity.

In the previous game against the Oregon Ducks in the Sweet Sixteen round of the tournament Ware had matched his season high of 11 points hitting 5 of 7 from the field. While in the NCAA tournament Third Round against Colorado he produced 5 assists and 2 steals. It is apparent that Kevin Ware was able to contribute to his team's success the wonder is if he will still be able to play with same athleticism before his injury.  According to ESPN.com he has been running at full speed and participating in certain portions of practice, but has yet to have any full contact practice. He seems eager to get out there and see where he is with the progress of his knee. 

Although this injury is not far behind him he has not let it slow him down in any way. Only six months after he had surgery on his knee he was able to make a two handed dunk. It just shows how much progress he has made and the potential to be as good if not better than he was before his surgery. It'll be real interesting to see where he is when having actual contact with players and to see how much confidence he has in his knee. Hopefully he will be able to bring the explosiveness he had from last season and try to help bring Louisville another NCAA Championship title.