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Oregon transfer Kel’el Ware commits to IU basketball

Indiana has hit a home run in the transfer portal.

7-foot Oregon transfer center Kel’el Ware has committed to the Hoosiers soon after an official visit to Bloomington.  He is the No. 7 overall players and the No. 2 center in the portal according to On3.

Hailing from Little Rock, Ark., Ware was a 5-star and top-10 recruit out of high school in the class of 2022.

The 7-foot and 210 pound center averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in a mostly reserve role (15.8 mpg) during his freshman campaign in Eugene.

Ware is a versatile big man who can score in the post, make mid-range shots, and step out and shoot beyond the arc.  He is also an elite shot blocker.  He averaged 21.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.7 blocks in high school.

Ware was a McDonald’s All-American, and earned trips to the Iverson Classic and Jordan Brand All-Star games in 2022. He was ranked sixth overall in the final 247Sports class of 2022 individual rankings.

Ware has three years of eligibility remaining, but he’s widely expected to be in college less than the full three years.

With Ware’s commitment, Indiana has three open scholarships on its 2023-24 roster.  Ware fills a major need after the Hoosiers lost Trayce Jackson-Davis to the NBA.  They have also lost Race Thompson (eligibility), Miller Kopp (eligibility), Jalen Hood-Schifino (NBA Draft), Jordan Geronimo (portal), Tamar Bates (portal) and Logan Duncomb (portal) since the end of the 2022-23 season.

In addition to Ware, IU added Ball State’s Payton Sparks via the transfer portal, and they have freshmen Jakai Newton and Gabe Cupps arriving next season.

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