Tag:Gavin Ware
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Mississippi State nabs in-state big Gavin Ware

By Jeff Borzello

Gavin Ware has long been considered a Mississippi State Bulldog.

The 6-foot-9 big man hails from Starkville, Miss. -- home to the Bulldogs -- and also attends Starkville High School (Miss.). Some have maintained that Georgetown and Alabama had good shots at landing him, but it seemed Rick Stansbury had the inside track.

On Thursday evening, Ware made it official: he planned to announce his commitment to Mississippi State at a press conference.

He confirmed the news to CBSSports.com shortly before his announcement. "Yes sir," Ware said.

When we spoke to Ware in late May, he explained why it would be tough to choose another school besides MSU.

"It’s right there,” Ware said. “Most of my family is in Starkville. It would be easier to go there, and it would help me.”

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.

He joins Fred Thomas and Craig Sword in Mississippi State's 2012 recruiting class.

Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Gavin Ware "50/50" on going to Mississippi State

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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.

 
 
 
 
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