ATLANTA (AP) -- Wichita State's Evan Wessel certainly can empathize with Kevin Ware.
The Louisville guard has been in the spotlight ever since breaking his leg in the regional finals against Duke, while Wessel has been forced to watch the Shockers' remarkable Final Four run from the bench after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand.
Wessel, from Wichita, started the Shockers' first eight games before getting hurt.
"I have the utmost respect for Kevin Ware," Wessel said, "and I don't want to see that happen to anybody, and obviously my injury wasn't as severe as his was, but I know how he feels."
Wessel is part of a Wichita State dynasty. His grandfather, Evert Wessel, played basketball from 1956-59, and his father Todd played football when the school still had a program.
The school has applied for a medical redshirt, so Wessel will still have three seasons of eligibility. But then again, the Final Four could be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
"The whole atmosphere at the Final Four has been great," Wessel said, "and whether you're playing or not you're going to remember this for the rest of your life."
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