Kevin Ware has had quite a year.
After leading Rockdale High School to the Class AAAA championship game last March, Ware asked for and received a release from his scholarship with Tennessee after the school fired head coach Bruce Pearl.
After briefly committing to Central Florida, Ware chose Louisville and joined the team after the second semester of the school year began in January. Though he hasn't had much playing time -- averaging 5.3 minutes in 19 games played -- the freshman guard got to experience an improbable championship run with the his new Cardinals teammates.
Louisville came into the Big East as the No. 7 seed, but kept winning, knocking off No. 10 Seton Hall, No. 2 Marquette, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Cincinnati in the championship game at legendary Madison Square Garden.
Now Ware and the No. 4 seed Cardinals set their sights on an NCAA tournament run. Things got off to a good start Thursday as the Cardinals knocked off No. 13 seed Davidson, 69-62 in a second round game in the west regional in Portland, and Ware and his teammates will play either New Mexico or Long Beach State in Saturday's round of 32.
From Conyers to the Bluegrass State to the world's most famous arena, now getting to cross the country and experience the biggest sporting event of the year at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Safe to say, it's been an interesting last 365 days for the former Rockdale guard.