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Don’t underestimate what Lance Ware’s commitment could mean to Kentucky

Lance Ware

By LARRY VAUGHT

Obviously getting a commitment from five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke last week and then having him say he was reclassifying to the 2020 recruiting class was a huge deal for Kentucky basketball. However, don’t overlook that four-star power forward Lance Ware also verbally committed to UK last week.

Rivals.com recruiting writer David Sisk, a former AAU coach, likes a lot about Ware’s game.

“Defensively, I like that he is versatile and can guard multiple positions while still being a rim protector. In today’s game that is everything for a modern big,” Sisk said.

It’s also something that Kentucky desperately needs more of knowing it might lose all three bigs off this year’s team.

“Offensively, I like that he has both soft hands and good feet,” Sisk said. “That makes me believe he will develop a good back to the bucket game over time. His strength is his mid-range game, so adding that would bode well.”

Sisk has watched Ware “continuously” get better during his high school career and he sees no reason to think that progression won’t continue at UK.

“His skill level and his basketball IQ have improved. If he continues that pace, and I see no reason why he shouldn’t, then he should very good at Kentucky,” Sisk said.

There could also be one huge upside for Ware that Kentucky fans should really like.

“He will be in the program for at least two years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it three,” Sisk said. “Under the eyes of John Calipari and Kenny Payne, he could be outstanding before he leaves.”

Sisk said it’s hard to know which previous Kentucky big to compare Ware to even though Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans told him he didn’t think another player like him had played for Calipari at UK.

“He likes the defensive side of the floor and he has a motor. Offensively, I’m not sure what the Calipari system is. Personally, I believe it is recruiting players he likes then building an offensive style around them. Ware will give him some options in both the full court and in the half court,” Sisk said.

“Lance is a good athlete and has good feet at the four spot, but he isn’t a stretch guy. His range goes out to 15 feet. To be a complete four in 2020, he will need to move his range out to the 3-point line. That will be the hardest thing to improve. Like most high school players, he needs to gain weight, but that won’t be much of a problem with the program he is going into.”

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  1. Cal just reloads, and a couple on this site have said repeatedly recently that he has lost his recruiting magic, imagine that? Wow!!! The stars are starting to align for No. 9 BBN. I can feel it right now.

  2. The stars were aligning for Green and Christopher also. Where is the beef?

    1. Mike:
      Are you as miserable as you appear to be?

      1. Wait till after football game…will be dedicated to you Pup Jr..Rah Rah!!

  3. Ware is a great addition and I hope that Jackson jumps on the train next. Askew can wait till next year if we can just add Karim Mane. Mane is the MAN IMHO…real tight, super quick body movements. He also is taller and more mature than Askew right now.. fits Cal’s successful past point guard profile better. I much prefer Cal’s new recruiting method too, no more, “dream school, our hat is on the table with the rest of a player’s offers”…if Kentucky offers and you don’t take it within his immediate time frame, then he moves on. Prospects no longer get to use Kentucky’s successful NBA reputation unless they commit when offered…pitch has changed from, ” Kentucky isn’t for everybody”, to “You have to want to be there-now”. Go Cats!

    1. Nice post.

  4. This team will win 20 or so games, but will lose 10 or so. It will not win an SEC reg. season crown nor the SEC tournament. It will win 2, maybe 3 games in the big dance. Lets make a wager. If my vision of the upcoming season is right, all of you Rah Rahs will agree to leave this site forever, never again to nauseate me with your know nothing rah rahhing. If we do no lose at least 10 games, or if we win either the reg. season crown or SEC tournament, or if we make it to the Final 4 regardless of that outcome, I will leave this site forever, never again to infuriate you rah rahs with my take on Calipari or KY basketball.
    Let’s see how many Rah Rahs step up to this winner take all proposal. Let’s put it on the record right here for everyone to see and then honor the outcome at the season’s end. This should be an easy bet if any of you Rah Rahs really believe the shit you shovel here. My guess is none of them have the stones to agree to this.

  5. Hey Catman, there is no need to go to extremes, your comments are yours and while I might not agree with some of them, I find them interesting. I’m 83 yrs old, and it took me some time to realize that not everyone thinks like I do…keep posting.

  6. hfb, that post wasn’t meant for you. The rah rahs know who they are. They talk the talk, lets see if they will walk the walk.

  7. I will take that bet IF you can get your little buddy, Mike, to offer the same bet. I would like to see both of you flush yourselves down the toilet from whence you came.

    1. You sound as insecure as the Pup.

      1. I ready to go all-in on the bet.
        Are you?

  8. While I’m thrilled that Tyrese Maxey is getting a lot of pub as a shooter, and rightly so, I’m somewhat ticked that Dontaie Allen isn’t even mentioned in this category. I read where the players said he was the best shooter on the team??? While comments may not be forthcoming because of his unfortunate injuries and playing status this year, I’m still a homer for the in state players. You WANTED to be at UK from the get go Dontaie, and I’m on your band wagon big time.

  9. @Catmandoo1000:

    Well, it appears that your little buddy is not in the game. That’s not surprising to me. He’s obviously been riding your coat tail in order to get attention.
    Nevertheless, I’m going to call your bet as follows:

    “If we do no lose at least 10 games, or if we win either the reg. season crown or SEC tournament, or if we make it to the Final 4 regardless of that outcome, I will leave this site forever, never again to infuriate you rah rahs with my take on Calipari or KY basketball”
    *posted by Catmandoo1000 on September 22, 2019 at 12:57 am

    *Please note that I have corrected a typo and made a clarification in
    parenthesis.

    Likewise, If the University of Kentucky Wildcats lose 10 games or more, or if we they either fail to win the reg. season crown or SEC tournament, or if they fail to make it to the Final 4 regardless of that outcome, I (Hornet1) will leave this site forever, never to comment on Vaught’s Views again.
    *posted by Hornet 1 on September 23, at 10:48 am

    If that correction and those terms are acceptable , please respond in the affirmative and then you may consider this to be my virtual handshake and the bet is on.

    I am anxiously waiting for your reply and the start of the 2019-2020 basketball season.

    1. What is your preference for a “going away” present since you just locked yourself in?

      1. I didn’t see YOU stepping up to the plate…LOSER

        1. Hard to take your insecurity seriously…LOL

  10. Season PS Wins PS Losses PS Games RS W’s RS L’s RS Gms PS Finish
    2019 4 2 6 26 5 31 E8
    2018 5 1 6 21 10 31 S16
    2017 6 1 7 26 5 31 E8
    2016 4 1 5 23 8 31 R32
    2015 7 1 8 31 0 31 FF
    2014 7 2 9 22 9 31 RUNNER UP
    2013 0 2 2 21 9 30 NIT
    2012 8 1 9 30 1 31 CHAMP
    2011 7 1 8 22 8 30 FF
    2010 6 1 7 29 2 31 E8
    10 5.4 1.3 6.7 25.1 5.7 30.8

    There is an interesting proposition on the board that says the 2019-20 season will be roughly 20-11 regular season with additional losses in the SEC and NCAA tournaments, and advance to the Sweet 16 most likely and to the Elite 8 possibly, but no final 4 in the cards for this team. That would produce a final record no worse than 20-13 and no better than 25-13.

    Furthermore, this proposition is confident that this team will not achieve any of the following:

    Test #1: Lose less than 10 games,
    Test #2: Win either the regular season or SECT championships, or
    Test #3: Advance to the Final 4

    Let’s look at Calipari’s record at UK.

    1. 1 of 10 teams finished 21-10 (2018) in the regular season. 5 of 10 teams lost 5 or fewer regular season games, and 5 of 10 teams lost 8 to 10 regular season games. So the number of regular season losses have been either 5 or less or 8 or more.
    2. 3 of 10 teams lost 10 or more total games in the season, including post season play (2013, 2014, and 2018)
    3. 4 of 10 teams failed to win the SECT Championship (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2019)
    4. 5 of 10 teams failed to win the SEC Regular Season Championship (2011, 2013, 2014, 2018, and 2019)
    5. 3 of 10 teams failed to win either the SEC Regular Season or Tournament Championship (2013, 2014, and 2019)
    6. 6 of 10 teams failed to advance to the NCAA Final Four (2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)
    7. 3 of 10 teams failed to advance to the E8 or better (2013, 2016, and 2018), and
    8. 2 of 10 teams failed to advance to the S16 or better (2013 and 2016)

    The 2013 team appears in 7 of these 8 categories, and it is clear that 2013 is the only Calipari team that failed all three of these critical tests. I am sure everyone recalls that the 2012-13 NIT group lost Nerlens Noel in the middle of the SEC season and crated thereafter.

    Three of Calipari’s teams failed 2 of 3 of these tests (2014, 2018 and 2019), and

    Three of Calipari’s teams failed 1 of 3 of these tests (2010, 2016, and 2017)

    Calipari teams that failed these tests:

    Failed Test #1: 2013, 2014, and 2018
    Failed Test #2: 2013, 2014, and 2019
    Failed Test #3: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

    2013: 3 of 3
    2014: 2 of 3
    2018: 2 of 3
    2019: 2 of 3
    2010: 1 of 3
    2016: 1 of 3
    2017: 1 of 3

    So, the history indicates that the only team that failed to pass all 3 tests across the board is the 2013 team.

    So, is the proposition is whether the 2019-20 will finish closer to:

    The way the 2012-13 team played and finished (21-9, 21-11),
    The average Calipari UK team (25-6, 30-7), or
    Closer to Calipari’s best teams (30-1; 37-2)?

    This program hangs banners for final fours or better, but an E8 appearance places a team in what used to be called the great eight, and a perennial appearance in the great eight seems like a pretty good measure of program viability to me, just as ncaa exits in the first weekend, or missing the tournament altogether seems like a pretty good alarm that the program viability is missing the mark. I am not impressed by teams that fall out in the S16 either, since the goal is a nationally competitive program, and national championships rarely if ever come from teams outside the great 8.

  11. OK Hornet, I am all in. Funny how Captain Rah Rah hasn’t stepped up to the bet.

    1. Funny how your little buddy didn’t man up.

    2. Okay bet made and assuming one of you guys has a screenshot of this so we can check back in when year ends. going to hate to see someone missing when year ends but at least now can debate other issues. Anxious to see how this turns outs

      1. Trust me…I have it saved in the archives.

      2. Where O Where is Larry Pup? You would think that Captain Rah Rah would want in on this wager, if for nothing else, to show he actually believes all of his Rah Rahhing and to get rid of me?

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