After fracturing his leg during the NCAA Midwest Regional finals, University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware is on the long road to recovery — a journey that doctors estimate will take anywhere from three to 10 months to make a full recovery.

"It was one of those things where I couldn't believe it," Ware told ABC News of the moment his leg snapped. "I honestly didn't feel the pain. It was more a shock."

In addition to the outpouring of support from friends, family, team members, and strangers from around the nation, the 20-year-old has a new companion to help him recover — a pit bull puppy. 

"I got a pit bull puppy that I named 'Scar.' We've got a connection already," he shared during a press conference Wednesday. "We're pretty much best friends. I knew I was going to be off my feet for a while and I needed something to entertain me. [Louisville teammates] Wayne [Blackshear] and Zach [Price] picked him up and brought him to see me in this little Ware jersey and he was looking at me and I was looking at him, and it was real emotional."

In a photo posted to Instagram, Ware explained why he chose the name 'Scar' saying, "We named him Scar to represent my struggle, and the 'scar' that will be left on my leg after the healing process."

Kevin Ware pit bull puppy Scar

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Kevin Ware names his new pit bull puppy 'Scar'
Louisville basketball player, who suffered a horrific leg injury during the NCAA Midwest Regional finals, says new pup is already his best friend.