James Ware and Texas Tech Head to Big 12 Tournament|
March 1, 1999
By Greg Hulen, Texas Tech Media Relations - In his first season at Texas Tech University, guard James Ware (Minneapolis, Minn.) has made an immediate impact in the starting lineup for the Red Raider men's basketball team. The former Hopkins High School standout has established himself as one of team's top shooters. Ware is shooting .454 from the field and .439 from three-point range for the season. Also, his 6-5 size has provided an extra boost for the team allowing him to contribute many rebounds from the guard position.
For Ware, it has been a long road to Lubbock. After graduating from Hopkins H.S., he attended school and played basketball at Colorado State. However, after seeing limited action in just 10 games as a redshirt freshman, he decided to transfer. Ware transferred to Midland Junior College in Midland Texas just a few hours south of Texas Tech. At Midland, he was a key contributor for the 26-4 team. Ware averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game and led the team with 31 three point baskets.
After playing in a reserve role to begin the season, Ware worked his way into the starting lineup for the first time in a game against Iowa State on January 23 in Ames, Iowa. He responded with 12 points in the game, his second highest total of the season.
With starting guards Rayford Young and Stan Bonewitz hampered with injuries throughout much of the season, Ware's ability to step in and fill the void has been a boost for Texas Tech. In fact, when Bonewitz and Young were both able to return to the lineup, Ware was moved to the third guard/small forward position
"James is a shooter who can really fill it up," Texas Tech basketball coach James Dickey said. "He has good size and strength and can really rebound for a guard. His contribution both as a starter and off the bench has been a huge boost for our team."
In Big 12 play, Ware has raised the level of his play. He has scored in double figures in seven out of twelve games including an 11 point and a season-high nine rebound performance against Nebraska on February 20 in a game televised by ESPN. Currently, he is second in the conference in three-point shooting with a .475 percentage in Big 12 games. Ware is also getting it done in the classroom being named to the honorable mention all-Big 12 academic team.
As the Red Raiders begin Big 12 tournament play on March 4 against
Nebraska at 8:20 p.m. CST, Ware will be counted on to contribute once again
to help his team advance.