Freshman forward Lance Ware may not be at the top of the radar in terms of stars on the Kentucky basketball team this season, but that does not mean his impact is not immense. The 6-foot-9, 223-pound newcomer is known for his activity on the floor and plans to bring that energy in practice and on the court when the Cats begin their season in two weeks.
“I definitely try to just mix things up, attack the glass and just play with a lot of energy because sometimes that’s half the battle. Just try to get your team going and if someone doesn’t bring the energy and the fact that they see me playing hard or chasing loose rebounds and doing all of the little stuff, it just rubs off on the team in a positive way. So, that’s kind of what I do,” he said.
Due to Coronavirus precautions, the team will be playing in front of roughly 3,000 people in Rupp Arena to begin the season. Despite the low attendance numbers, Ware is confident that he and his teammates will bring the energy needed to carry out victories.
“I think we’ll obviously have to make up (for the lack of fans) with our team energy. So, it’s going to be harder for us. We can’t feed off the crowd as much, so we’re just going to have to be locked in together as a team so we can give that extra energy that we would normally get from the crowd. But with this group of guys, honestly, that’ll be easy because we’re all just so excited to get out and play. We have a lot of energetic guys on this team, so I don’t really see a problem. I know it’s not going to be the same, but we’ve got to make do,” he said.
Ware is wearing No. 55 this season, just like former UK center Josh Harrelson who provided a lot of spark to the 2010-11 team. Although the two have vastly different games, we could see the freshman forward having a similar impact for this year’s squad.