Louisville recruit Kevin Ware declared ineligible Published Friday, Sep 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm EDT By Mike DeCourcy Sporting News

Shooting guard recruit Kevin Ware, whose late commitment led to Louisville reshuffling its scholarship arrangements, will not enroll at the university in the fall but could join the Cardinals in December. Ware failed to meet NCAA requirements for initial eligibility and was denied on both an application for a waiver and an appeal of the eligibility ruling. The university said he could enroll for the spring semester and be eligible to compete in December. Rick Pitino will be without Kevin Ware until December at least. (AP Photo) “I've never seen anyone this close to being eligible," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said via the school's website. "He is just fractions away, and he fully intends to enroll here." Ware signed scholarship papers with Louisville in June, after he was released from a letter of intent signed with Tennessee (after Bruce Pearl left the program) and then abandoning a commitment to Central Florida (after media reports questioned thirdparty involvement in his recruitment). He was ranked the No. 27 shooting guard prospect by ESPN. The late arrivals of Ware and George Mason transfer Luke Hancock led to Pitino's decision not to renew scholarships for veterans Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith and Elisha Justice. Kuric is the team’s leading returning scorer.

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