- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Friday that Kevin Ware may not play until the second semester as he recovers from a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg that he suffered in the first half of an Elite Eight victory over Duke in March in Indianapolis.
Pitino, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Springfield, Mass., was at the Mohegan Sun Casino for pre-induction festivities.
"I don't think Kevin will step on the court early in the season," Pitino told ESPN.com. "He will just start playing basketball in October. He'll start working out. He's almost completely healed, but he hasn't stepped on the court since last March, so it's going to take some time. I'm looking more like it's going to be second semester for him to be 100 percent or close to it."