Indiana’s coaching staff will be busy this week with a pair of highly-coveted transfer portal players on campus this weekend in Kel’el Ware of Oregon and Chris Ledlum from Harvard.
Ware’s official visit is reportedly beginning today, according to a tweet from Joe Tipton of On3:
At 7-0, Ware’s potential addition would go a long way in boosting a frontcourt that will be without Race Thompson, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Logan Duncomb and presumably Jordan Geronimo.
Ware is a mostly new name for Indiana fans. He’s currently considered one of the best prospects in the transfer portal and was a top-10 player in his class coming out of high school in Arkansas
As a freshman at Oregon, Ware averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in a little over 15 minutes per contest. He also hit 27% of his 55 3-point attempts, which means he can stretch the floor a bit even at 7 feet.
Take a look at some of what he can do:
Ware is the perfect 5 man for ball screen actions. You can throw the ball anywhere near the rim & he’ll go get it on the rolls. I imagine a Xavier Johnson to Ware connection being a staple. Ware can also pick & pop and knock down the 3. pic.twitter.com/HWeDGqKrA3— Tony Adragna (@CoachAdragna) April 6, 2023
Ware’s game against UConn demonstrates just how valuable he could be for the Hoosiers. Against the national champs, he had a career-high 18 points to go along with nine rebounds and a block. He also hit two of his three 3-point attempts in that game.
Getting Ware on campus is a substantial move for Mike Woodson and company, who need to replenish the frontcourt to make Indiana a competitor next year. How it all shakes out remains to be seen, but this is a good initial sign for the Hoosiers’ process.