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INDIANAPOLIS – Kevin Ware will transfer from University of Louisville.

The junior guard told ESPN on Saturday afternoon that he'd seek a school closer to his home in Georgia. U of L coach Rick Pitino confirmed Ware's departure to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

"We wish Kevin godspeed," Pitino said.

Ware became one of the most recognized faces in sports last March when he suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his leg in Louisville's regional final win over Duke here in Indianapolis. He was the face of Louisville's run to its first national title since 1986.

He returned from the injury seven months later, surprising fans with an appearance in a preseason exhibition. But Pitino said Ware's regular limp in practice was concerning, and the team shut Ware down for the remainder of the season after another setback in December.

It was a tumultuous fall for Ware. He was the subject of speculation on multiple occasions, and fans began questioning why he wasn't on the bench during Louisville's games once he was declared out for the season.

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The school insisted he was working out on his own, still on the team and attending classes at U of L.

"I ain't never leaving this place, bro," Ware tweeted on Tuesday. "Never!"

The natural deduction is that Auburn is the likeliest landing spot for Ware. Auburn's campus is a little more than 100 miles from Atlanta, Ware's hometown.

Ware originally committed in 2011 to play for Bruce Pearl at Tennessee before Pearl was fired. The coach resurfaced at Auburn this month.

Jeff Greer writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal, a Gannett company.

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