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April 27, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech University men's basketball team announced today that James Ware, a 6-5, 200-pound guard from Midland College, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Red Raiders.

Ware, who scored a team-high 19 points in Midland's first game against Kirtland Air Force Base, averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds for the 26-4 Chaparrals this season. He was one of four players to play in all 30 games in 1997-98.

"We are looking forward to having James in our program," said Texas Tech head coach James Dickey. "He is a pure shooter with size and athleticism. He can defend and rebound. James comes from a successful program which had a great year."

Ware transferred to Midland from Colorado State, where he played in 10 games in 1996-97 as a redshirt freshman. A finalist for Mr. Basketball in Minnesota, Ware averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior for Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn.

Ware is the second player this year to sign with Texas Tech out of Midland College. The Red Raiders landed guard Jevon Banks during the fall signing period.

From Minneapolis, Minn., Ware is the third student-athlete to sign with the Red Raider program this spring and the sixth overall for next season. South Plains Community College forward Mario Layne and McLennan Community College forward Jayson Mitchell also signed in April. Banks, Lamesa High School center Andy Ellis and Tyler Junior College forward Brodney Kennard were signed during the fall signing period.


 

 

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