Louisville hoops spotlight: Trent Gilbert

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.

After leading Scott County High School to a Sweet 16 runner-up spot last season, Trent Gilbert had several scholarship offers to attend Division I schools.

But he would have none of it.

Instead, Gilbert decided to accept a spot as a preferred walk-on with the University of Louisville basketball team. He's a freshman who likely won't see a lot of action this season, but Gilbert said so far it's been exactly what he expected.

"It's a dream come true," Gilbert said. "This is what I have been wanting since I was in the fifth grade and what I worked for every day in practice.

"I was hoping to keep getting close to this and then when I got the call I was ecstatic and ready to get going. It's been great."

The 5-foot-10 Gilbert was one of the state's leading scorers last season at 26.1 points a game for the Cardinals. He was a first-team All-State selection and finished his career ranked as Scott County's all-time leading scorer with 2,759 career points.

Gilbert had offers from Marshall, Tennessee Tech, Winthrop, Kentucky Wesleyan and Georgetown College and several other smaller schools.

"It's been great so far," he said. "It feels like a family to me and I really like that a lot. We see other all day, every day and it feels like a family.

"I see now why everybody - no matter if you are a walk-on or scholarship player - improved when you are in this program."

Gilbert said he knows the track record of Pitino with walk-ons and hopes he can be the next in line for the Cardinals. He will wear No. 15 - which was worn by Tim Henderson - and does resemble Henderson, who hit two three-pointers in the Final Four win over Wichita State in the U of L national title run two years ago.

"I hear that a lot," Gilbert said. "I've been told I am Tim's twin and his look-alike. I have some big shoes to fill, I hope I can take this a long way.

"I hope I can be that guy and one day I can work into playing and being an important role for the team and helping them get a victory."

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