Lance Ware and Kareem Watkins travel to Brazil with Sports Reach

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball players Lance Ware and Kareem Watkins will travel to Brazil with Sports Reach for a 10-day outreach trip that combines competition and service to local communities.

The Kentucky duo will travel to São Paulo, Campinas and Valinhos to compete in at least four games, while hosting several clinics for the local Brazilians. The competition includes a match against Paul Metters, one of the best clubs in São Paulo.

Ware saw action in 49 games and made three starts during his two-year career. He was named to the 2021-22 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, while setting career highs in points scored, blocks and field goal percentage in his second campaign . The Camden, N.J. native played a season-high 16 minutes in the SEC Tournament Semifinals against Tennessee and grabbed six rebounds. Another key performance this season came in the upset victory at Kansas where Ware had four points and four rebounds in 10 effective minutes.

Watkins appeared in 10 games during his two-year career. Within minutes, Watkins again found ways to contribute. He amassed a pair of interceptions in wins over North Florida and High Point. He also dished out two assists in wins over Albany and Western Kentucky. The Camden, New Jersey native rebounded in wins over North Florida and Central Michigan.

Ware and Watkins aren’t the first Wildcats under John Calipari have participated in the cultural exchange opportunity. Other players who took part include Josh Harrellson, Jon Hood, Eloy Vargas and Dominique Hawkins. Harrellson’s journey came in the summer of 2010 and was followed by a breakout senior campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 61%. from the pitch and helping England to their first Final Four appearance in the Calipari era.

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