Freshman Ware eligible for Louisville

Kevin Ware joined No. 4 Louisville for the first time this week. The short-handed Cardinals are expecting him to contribute immediately.

The 6-foot-3 freshman guard was ineligible in the fall after failing to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. Now, he’s joining the Cardinals (9-0) just in time after injuries have dominated their first six weeks of the season.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Ware could play against Memphis on Saturday at backup point guard if he continues to look strong in practice. They’re also working with him at small forward in an effort to use his speed and athleticism for a team that wants to run but hasn’t had enough healthy bodies in practice.

Louisville has had seven players miss at least one game because of injuries.