Ware says show of support helped him remain upbeat

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“I think God puts things in your life and you have to go through certain obstacles,” he said. “I just feel like these are obstacles that are going to make me grow up for the better. It’s going to open my eyes to a lot of things I probably haven’t seen before.”

In the meantime, however, Ware _ and the Cardinals _ have a title to win. In the city where Ware played high school ball, no less, after moving from New York City.

Ware plans to be a full participant in preparations for Saturday’s game against Wichita State, including sitting on the bench. And the Cardinals will wear new warm-up gear to honor the sophomore, with Ware’s No. 5 replacing the “S” in the “Rise to the Occasion” T-shirts they’ve been wearing.

“He’s like a brother to all of us, and we’re just happy he’s here,” said Chane Behanan, Ware’s closest friend on the Louisville team. “We’re going to try and celebrate and bring the trophy home.”

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AP Sports Writer Gary Graves contributed to this report from Louisville, Ky.

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