IU center Kel’el Ware is back in Oregon.
But don’t worry, he hasn’t transferred back to the Ducks.
The 7-foot Ware is attending the Nike Skills Academy Aug. 7-12 in Portland. The prestigious event is being held during a time when the IU basketball team is taking a break from organized team activities.
The Nike Skills Academy will provide Ware the opportunity to train alongside some of the best past and present NBA players and coaches. The skills development camp features some of the nation’s top collegiate players, which includes a combine experience, drills, off-court workouts, film sessions and competition.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, NBA personnel are permitted to attend the event but there is a limit of two representatives from each team per session.
As a freshman for Oregon in 2022-23, Ware played in 35-of-36 games for the Ducks and made four starts. He averaged 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Ware shot 45.7% (85-of-186) from the floor, 27.3% (15-of-55) from the 3-point line, and 71.2% (47-of-66) from the free throw line.
Ware and Iowa’s Patrick McCaffery are the only players attending from the Big Ten.
Several IU basketball high school recruiting targets are at the event as well, including class of 2024 priority targets Boogie Fland and Liam McNeeley.
Not many 7-footers who move as fluidly and have the type of skill-level Kel'el Ware does. Good opening day for him at Nike Academy. pic.twitter.com/DE61DSguBI
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 9, 2023
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