Henderson living the dream

University of Louisville guard Tim Henderson will be honored during a Senior Day ceremony prior to the Cardinals regular season finale against UConn on Saturday afternoon.

University of Louisville senior guard Tim Henderson is living the dream. A product of Louisville Christian Academy, Henderson joined the team as a walk-on four seasons ago. He'll leave as part of the winningest group in the storied history of Cardinals basketball.

"That's an amazing thing to be apart of," Henderson explained. "Going back through all the years of Louisville that I was watching and being a fan of Terrence Williams and Taquan Dean and now to be apart of the senior class with [that is] the winningest in school history, that's unbelievable to be apart of. A National Championship and a Final Four, it's incredible."

Like many, Henderson dreamed of playing for the Cardinals while growing up and he jumped at the chance to make it a reality.

"I dreamed my whole life that I was one of the players growing up [while] shooting the ball outside my house on the goal," he said. "When the opportunity came around, I stayed here all the time trying to convince Coach P to take me, so they invited me to open gyms. I remember going through that whole process of not knowing whether I was going to make the team, nonetheless win a National Championship."

His dream rose to another level during the Cardinals run the to National Championship last season. With his team trailing by double-digits in the second half to Wichita State in the Final Four, Henderson drained a pair of three-pointers to fuel a comeback that sent the Cardinals into the title game. It's a moment that has found its place in U of L basketball history.

"I'm known by that now," he said. "It's changed my name from Tim to Wichita."

Prior to the Cardinals tipping it off against visiting UConn on Saturday afternoon, Henderson will join Luke Hancock, Russ Smith and Stephan Van Treese for a Senior Day ceremony.

"It's going to be tough," Henderson said. "I'm not looking forward to it. I want to stay here as long as possible. These guys have become like brothers to me and so it is definitely going to be a tough thing to go through."

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