Kevin Ware’s roommate: ‘He’s a fighter’
by Paul Myerberg and Daniel Uthman, USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA – Montrezl Harrell’s connection with Louisville teammate Kevin Ware dates back to their time on the recruiting circuit, when the pair would play against and with each other at local scouting events.
Ware was then one of Harrell’s hosts when the freshman visited Louisville’s campus; today, Ware and Harrell are roommates when the Cardinals play on the road, including this week at the JW Marriott in nearby Buckhead.
“He showed me and told me how Louisville was going to be,” Harrell said Friday. “So I feel like me and him had a connection before I came there, and when I came there it got even stronger.”
As Ware’s roommate, Harrell has seen how the sophomore guard has dealt with the painful leg injury suffered during Sunday’s win against Duke, one that ended Ware’s season and will likely lead to an extensive and laborious recovery process.
“It’s going pretty good. He’s a fighter,” Harrell said. “He’s really not letting things get him down. He’s really just taking it day by day. It’s just like from him having to walk around on crutches a lot and moving around from off the bus, on the bus, it’s kind of wearing him out.
“There’s really not much to talk about. He’s really trying to do exercises to help his leg.
I don’t see him in any pain. I might see him like, you know, kind of get uncomfortable to move a little bit, but really I haven’t seen him in any pain.”
Although Ware needs to keep his leg propped up and has a machine that compacts his leg in ice when he’s in the hotel room, Harrell said he hasn’t been bombarded with calls for help.
“He’s not that type of person,” Harrell said of Ware, “but I told him I’d do it, whatever he needs. His mom and dad are here, so that’s who’s been helping him most of the time. I just try to do whatever he needs.”
Harrell also recalled his reaction to Ware’s injury during Sunday’s 85-63 win over the Blue Devils, which clinched Louisville’s second Final Four in a row.
“I just actually started crying,” he said. … [For more on Kevin Ware's road roommate: 'He's a fighter', click here.]