Basketball: North Little Rock’s Ware chooses Oregon

North Little Rock’s Kel’el Ware in action in the 6A state championship game. (Jaison Sterling images)

North Little Rock’s Kel’el Ware announced on Twitter on Monday morning that he was choosing “1000 percent committed” to the University of Oregon.

Ware, a 7-foot-0 senior forward, is considered a 5 star prospect and led the ‘Cats to a 6A state championship last season. The school’s 15th overall and fifth under coach Johnny Rice.

Ware is the most coveted North Little Rock prospect since guard KeVaughn Allen led North Little Rock to three consecutive state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015, then played four seasons at the University of Florida.

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Of course, Ware isn’t the only top prospect on the team as Nick Smith Jr., who played last season at Sylvan Hills, is now at North Little Rock. The son of Nick Smith Sr., who was himself a Division I basketball player at Jacksonville State, announced last week that he has narrowed down his choices to a top eight.

Smith, a 6-6 guard, is also considered a 5 star prospect and said he was considering Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma for his college choice. He's also exploring professional options with the National Basketball League and Overtime Elite.