U of L women's highest ranked recruit in town

The highest ranked newcomer in the Class of 2013 for University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz is Emmonnie Henderson. The native of Edwardsville, Ill., arrived on campus after a stellar high school career in both basketball and track and field.

Emmonie Henderson said she's proud of what she accomplished during her four-year career at Edwardsville, Ill., High School.

Henderson did it both on the basketball court and the track.

Now, the 6-foot-2 Henderson is to arrive in this week in Louisville for the next step in her career.

"I am happy for what I did," Henderson said. "But I am so ready to get there. It's time for me. I am ready to go."

Henderson, who committed to U of L women's basketball coach Jeff Walz last fall, is expected to play a key role for the Cardinals next season. She's the highest-ranked member of the '13 recruiting class for the Cardinals.

"I can see myself fitting in good with them," Henderson said. "When I was on my visit, I just liked everything about Louisville. I am looking forward to getting there and seeing what I can do with my new teammates.

"It's going to be a new experience for me, but I am excited about it."

As a junior, Henderson led Edwardsville to a 34-2 record and averaged 15.6 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. She finished as the program's all-time leader with 1,806 points after averaging 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior.

Henderson is also a star in track and field. She won seven state championships in track and field after sweeping the discus and shot put as a senior.

The St. Louis-area Female Athlete of the Year plans on playing both sports at U of L, noting "I'm not sure freshman year because I want to make sure I get adjusted. But I do want to do both while I'm there."

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