Long Beach State fans could only dream about hearing the words “Casper Ware dishes to LeBron James” floating over the PA…until Saturday, that is.  Playing in the Drew League with the Cheaters 2 roster, as he has been since mid-June, the reigning Big West Player of the Year got the thrill of a lifetime, when LeBron James joined the roster for the day.

“It was a fun experience,” said Ware via text on Saturday.  “The best summer memory.”  Ware didn’t get a chance to talk to James, who was mobbed after the conclusion of the contest, a 96-90 win for their team, but his game did some talking of its own.  Ware dropped 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals, and says he had a pair of assists to James.  LeBron finished with 30 points 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

It’s just another notch in Ware’s hat; the senior has had a phenomenal summer already, earning Drew League Player of the Week honors in week six when he dropped 43 points, 4 assists and 3 steals on an opposing team that featured two Lakers.  He’s been one of the hot topics coming out of the league, leading everyone from rapper The Game (who’s a hooper and has played in the league) to NBA player and former Compton Tarbabe DeMar DeRozan to proclaim Ware NBA ready.

Whether that’s the case or not, when he’s scoring 22 points alongside LeBron and dropping 43 on Lakers, there’s no denying the Friendly Point Guard is Big West ready.

Among other players on the Cheaters 2 roster who got the opportunity to play alongside LeBron are LBSU senior Edis Dervisevic and Ware’s younger brother, Ervin.

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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