Tim Henderson scored a career-high 12 points against Western Kentucky on Dec. 14.
Jan. 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville senior guard Tim Henderson, who joined the Cardinals' roster as a walk-on in 2010, will be placed on scholarship with the men's basketball team for the 2014 UofL spring semester.
"Well, I gave it to him while I was watching film with the team and saying how good his defense was and we've got to play defense like he plays it, and it's a long time coming, but Tim will be given a scholarship second semester," head coach Rick Pitino said when replaying how he delivered the news. "He came up to thank me after practice and I said, 'Don't thank me, I'm the one who should thank you.'"
A sport administration major from Louisville, Henderson has been in his fourth season as a non-scholarship player with the Cardinals after averaging 16.2 points and eight rebounds as a senior at Christian Academy. This season, he has been a key reserve in 12 games for the Cardinals (12-2) and has hit a career-high seven 3-pointers.
With Chris Jones out with a wrist injury last month, Henderson played a career-high 22 minutes against Western Kentucky on Dec. 14 and produced a career-best 12 points, four assists and knocked down 4-of-6 3-pointers. He had two points, a rebound, and an assist in his last game at UCF on Tuesday.
One of three Kentuckians on the Cardinals' roster, Henderson played a key role in Louisville's 2013 national championship run. He hit back-to-back 3-point goals within 42 seconds against Wichita State in the national semifinals, helping the Cardinals recover from a 12-point deficit in the second half.
Louisville will play its first game of the New Year and its fourth straight on the road as the Cardinals face Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.