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Michael Ware of Shady Side Academy. Submitted

NAME: Michael Ware

SCHOOL: Shady Side Academy

SPORT: Basketball

LAST WEEK: Ware scored 21 points in a big section win over Riverview, added 10 in another section win over Springdale and scored 17 in a victory over Serra.

Top high school sports
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Michael Ware, a 6-4 freshman at Shady Side Academy, plays football as an outside linebacker and baseball, where he pitches and plays first base.

Oh yeah, he also plays basketball.

Last week Ware showed why he says he prefers hoops.

Ware scored 21 points to help lead the Indians to a victory over Riverview. He also scored 17 in a win over Serra and 10 against Springdale.

“I'd have to say that basketball is my favorite, but it depends on the season,” Ware said.

He's looking forward to a prolonged basketball season. “We've been playing well and we're ready for the playoffs,” Ware said.

Here's a closer look at Michael:

Q: Who have been your role models in life and in sports?

A: My parents. They've always been there for me. In sports, it's John Wall and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Sports and hanging out with my friends.

Q: Who is the best player in the NBA?

A: Kevin Durant.

Q: What do you like better, the Super Bowl game or the Super Bowl commercials?

A: The commercials, unless the Steelers are playing.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

A: “Glory Road.”

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: “Criminal Minds.”

Q: Who is the most overrated athlete in sports?

A: Neil Walker. I just don't think he's very good.

Q: What sport would you be playing if you weren't a basketball player?

A: Baseball.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Kevin Durant.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Selena Gomez.

Q: Are you a junk food junkie?

A: I am. I love candy, especially chocolate and Wendy's chicken sandwiches.

Q: What would make up your all-time favorite meal?

A: Pancakes, Mac and Cheese, and a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Q: Have you ever dunked in a game?

A: Not yet.

Q: What's the wildest, craziest thing you've ever done?

A: I'm a pretty calm guy so nothing crazy from me.

Q: People would be surprised to know that I …

A: ... Wear a size 16 shoe.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or

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