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Watch: Workout highlights and interview of Indiana basketball sophomore center Kel’el Ware



Kel'el Ware - DraftExpress - Offseason Workout - Interview - 5/29 - Credit: DraftExpress - Jonathan Givony

Indiana basketball hit the near transfer portal lottery when they were able to secure the commitment of Oregon transfer center Kel’el Ware.

While the the 2023-24 Indiana basketball team will be leaning on ‘untapped potential’ next year, Ware is projected to play major role in Mike Woodson’s frontcourt next season.

Ware, a former five-star and McDonald’s All-American, spent one season with the Oregon Ducks where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He played in 35 games with four starts in 15.8 minutes a game. He was sixth in the Pac-12 in total blocks.

Ware comes in looking to be one of the post options for Indiana to help replace the production that is lost with the departure of Trayce Jackson-Davis for the NBA.

Ware fits the style of big that Mike Woodson wants in his system as he is extremely athletic with great length and size. He can defend the rim at a high rate while also being able to stretch the floor on the offensive end, something that Indiana has not consistently had the past few years.

“Kel’el is an extremely gifted player who will bring a lot to our program,” said Indiana head coach on the addition of Kel’el Ware. “He is a tremendous athlete whose skill level in all facets of the game will make us better. He’s a rim protector with great size and length, he runs the floor so well, he can shoot and he’s someone who competed and won at a high level in high school.”

Below are highlights of Indiana basketball sophomore center Kel’el Ware getting an offseason workout in plus an interview with Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony.

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.