Louisville hoops spotlight: Dillon Avare

Cardinal Authority will feature each member of the Louisville men's basketball team before the start of the regular-season. This feature is on U of L redshirt freshman Dillon Avare, who is a walk-on for the Cardinals.

Even as a walk-on who didn't expect to be used much last season, University of Louisville walk-on Dillon Avare knew he wasn't ready for Division I college basketball.

So, Avare sat out last season.

Avare worked on his game and tried to bulk up a bit. He's gained some weigh - now at 150 pounds - and said his game has improved.

"I have gotten a lot better," Avare said. "But going against these guards, you have get better or you just die. I think I've improved a lot."

A 40-percent three-point shooter during his career at Lexington Catholic High School, Avare is the son of U of L coach Rick Pitino's longtime friend and business partner - Rick Avare.

The younger Avare said he hopes his role on this team will include seeing some game action. He noted Pitino's track record of using walk-ons during his career.

"I'd like to be a Tim Henderson," Avare said. "If someone gets in foul trouble or they need me, to come in there and maybe hit a big shot.

"I'd just like to do whatever I can to help this team out."

Avare, who hit 82 three-pointers as a senior at LexCath, joins David Levitch and Trent Gilbert as the walk-ons on the U of L roster. But this year, Avare is hoping he can do a little more than just sit and watch on the sidelines.

"It was tough because I love playing basketball," Avare said. "It's weird to think it's been more than a year since I have played in a basketball game. So, hopefully I can get into a few games this year."

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