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The hard working role model
Date: 
January 31, 2014 - 7:30am

There has been a large pool of talented and skilled athletes this year in EvCC athletics. On the men’s basketball team, point guard David Ware has been a standout player for the Trojans this season.

The Las Vegas native has made his presence felt across the entirety of the NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) emerging as one of the most promising players in the region.

Don’t think for a second that Ware’s success this season on the basketball court can be purely attributed to his natural talent.

Ware feels most comfortable on the court // Sam Lince

“I would put five hours of practice in every day over the summer, at least,” Ware said. Most aspiring young basketball players look up to NBA professionals for their motivation and inspiration, but not Ware.

“To me growing up, my role model was always my uncle because of his hard work ethic,” Ware revealed. This summer he took his uncle’s ideals of hard work and motivated himself to train more intensely than ever before. On top of practicing every day, Ware played in countless amounts of competitive summer games.

 “Over the summer I went to a bunch of open gyms and pickup games,” said Ware. His hard work is evident and has paid off this season for the Trojans. 

 Coaches and teams all across the state this year have struggled with the task of containing Ware’s innate ability to rip a defense apart. At 6’3, Ware can effortlessly score over smaller guards and yet is quick enough to evade taller players. His rare combination of size and speed presents an unfair mismatch for opposing team’s game plans. Ware averages a well-rounded 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game.  

However, Ware’s main focus in the game is “keeping the team involved and finding the open player.”  So far this season Ware leads the entire NWAACC with an average of 9.12 assists per contest.

The true mark of any great player is their capability to lead their team to victory and make players around them better. So far this year Ware has helped lead the Trojans to a 11-5 record overall and a first place standing in the North division. Ware also guided the Trojans to a first place finish in the Clackamas Holiday tournament and won the tournament MVP award.

Yet, despite the early success of the team, to Ware it’s just the tip of the iceberg. “My goal from the beginning has been to win the North Region and eventually the NWAACC championship,” Ware said.

Ware’s terrific play this year has rightfully not gone unnoticed. Coaches from all over the area are interested in having the skilled point guard suit up for their team. Western Oregon University, Western Washington University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been among the many colleges that have shown interest in Ware’s talents. Ware however has much more ambitious dreams for his basketball future.

“My dream college to play for is University of Las Vegas, Nevada back in my hometown,” Ware said with a smile. Although the road to playing for a D1 college is incredibly challenging, with such talent and work ethic, David Ware might just make it happen.

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