LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- When UofL basketball player, Kevin Ware, checked into the game on Wednesday night, the ovation inside the YUM! Center in downtown Louisville was thunderous.
The fans and even the announcers could hardly contain their excitement at the sight of Ware's return.
To complete the storybook return, he put his first shot, a three-pointer, right in the bottom of the net.
Nearly eight months ago, Ware suffered a brutal leg injury during the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
His return wasn't expected until Saturday, at earliest.
After the game, one fan said it was a "miracle."
When Ware was asked if he had any more concerns, he said he was ready to play.
Click the video player to see WHAS11 Maggie Ruper's complete coverage of the fan's reactions.