Posted by Jeff Borzello
For years, people have been saying UCF is a sleeping giant in the college basketball world.
The Knights started the process last year, beating Florida in the non-conference and winning 21 games. Donnie Jones' program took another step in the right direction on Monday night, as top-100 senior Kevin Ware picked UCF over Louisville and Georgia.
"It was the relationship I established with the coach," Ware told CBSSports.com.
Ware had previously committed to Tennessee, but requested a release from his letter-of-intent after Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers parted ways.
He doesn't see the move from the SEC to Conference-USA as a step down.
"Everyone has their own opinion on people's decisions," Ware said. "Everyone forgot they started off 14-0 last season before some key injuries. They have talent. I think I can really help them next season do some big things."
Ware is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rockdale County (Ga.) who will make an immediate impact at both ends of the floor. He is long and athletic, and relies on his natural talents to be an active defender and finisher.
With the talent Jones has assembled on the roster, UCF will be a threat in the coming seasons.
Said Ware: "With me and Mike Chandler coming in and all the pieces already there ... should be special next year."