John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats picked up their third commitment for the 2020 class on Thursday when four-star power forward Lance Ware announced his decision to attend Kentucky.
Ware, the No. 32 overall player and No. 5 power forward, hosted Calipari and the UK staff for an in-home on the first day of the fall recruiting period. During that visit, Kentucky must said what he wanted to hear.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Camden (N.J.) announced his decision at the Boys and Girls Club in Camden this afternoon. He chose the Wildcats over Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and Providence.
Ware played for the NY Renaissance during the Nike EYBL circuit, where he averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in regular season play. His best effort came at the Peach Jam, where the UK coaching staff began paying attention after he averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
Following his performance at Peach Jam, he received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on July 26th. Less than two months later, Ware is a Wildcat and member of Big Blue Nation.
The addition of Ware gives Kentucky the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to the 247 Sports Composite. Ware joins five-star shooting guard BJ Boston Jr. and four-star wing Cam’Ron Fletcher as members of the 2020 UK class.
The commitment of Ware continues the New Jersey pipeline for Calipari. In his time at Kentucky, the UK coach has landed Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Briscoe, Nick Richards and Kahlil Whitney, all from the state of New Jersey.
While Ware is an excellent addition to the class, Calipari’s week isn’t complete until five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke announces on Saturday. Considered a strong Kentucky lean, Clarke is currently a member of the 2021 class but could announce a reclassification to 2020 when he announces his decision. He is the top ranked shooting guard in the 2021 class.