Posted by Jeff Borzello
RALEIGH, N.C. – Ever since Gavin Ware transformed his body and became one of the top low-post players in the class, he has been hearing from a variety of high-major schools.
Some people have assumed he would be a Mississippi State lean, though. After all, the 6-foot-9 big man is from Starkville, Miss. and attends Starkville High School (Miss.).
It turns out that it will indeed be tough to pull Ware away from Rick Stansbury and the Bulldogs.
“There’s a 50/50 chance [I go to Mississippi State] because it’s right there,” Ware said over the weekend. “Most of my family is in Starkville. It would be easier to go there, and it would help me.”
He did say Georgetown and Alabama were also in his top three, and Tennessee and other SEC schools are pursuing him, but it would take a lot for one of those schools to swoop in and steal Ware from the hometown program.
“That’s a hard question to answer,” Ware said when asked what would make him leave Starkville. “But my decision is based on the coaches and if I like the school better.”
Ware is still developing at both ends of the floor, but he has a very strong body and great hands. He runs the floor very well and has the athleticism to beat most defenders down the court and finish at the rim. Ware gets good position in the paint and can also knock down face-up jumpers in the mid-range.
After landing Fred Thomas two weeks ago, it looks like Mississippi State could be poised to pick up its second big-time Southern Phenoms prospect.