Louisville adds a walk-on guard

The University of Louisville has added a walk-on to the basketball roster for the coming season, landing former St. John's walk-on Jay Henderson. The 6-foot-4 guard will likely arrive in Louisville next month and has four years of eligibility left.

Jay Henderson was a redshirt walk-on last season at St. John's and was hoping to get a scholarship this coming season from the Red Storm. But then Steve Lavin was fired and he was looking for a spot to land.

Well, Henderson has landed at the University of Louisville.

The 6-foot-5 guard - a native of Orlando, Fla., confirmed to Cardinal Authority that he will enroll at U of L early next month and will become a walk-on with the Cardinals' for the coming season.

"My mentors from Team Take over called Kenny (Johnson) and coach (Rick) Pitino and then they called Steve Lavin," Henderson said. "It just all worked out. I'm very excited because I think it's the best place for me,"

Henderson will have four years of eligibility left and he's hoping to see some playing time.

"Coach Pitino told me there's playing time open with the guard spots if I come in and practice hard," Henderson said. "They have a whole new set of guys, so there's playing time available."

Henderson, whose father - Jay - played at Penn State, scored more than 1,000 points during his career at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando. He helped his team win back-to-back Class 4-A state titles in Florida.

During his high school career, Henderson had interest from Florida State, Purdue, Dayton and Seton Hall.

Henderson said he told coach Pitino and the Hall of Fame coach said, "he couldn't wait for me to get there and get to work with the guys. I love the atmosphere and really got a long with the players. I'm excited."

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