Louisville walk-on Tyler Sharpe will participate in the Derby Classic All-Star Basketball game this weekend at Freedom Hall

University of Louisville walk-on Tyler Sharpe - the Sixth Region Player of the Year at Bullitt East High School this past season - will be the Cardinals' only representation in the Derby Festival Classic All-Star Game on Friday night at Freedom Hall.

Tyler Sharpe is already living a dream.

The former Bullitt East High School standout was looking at his options for college when the University of Louisville called and offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on. The lifelong fan didn't take a lot of time to take Rick Pitino up on the offer.

And now two weeks later, Sharpe is the lone Louisville representation in the Derby Festival Classic Basketball All-Star game this weekend. Sharpe will play on the Maroon team in the game at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Freedom Hall.

"When they called and invited me I was so very excited," Sharpe said. "It's a blessing for me."

U of L's lone signee - V.J. King - opted to play in the Jordan Brand Classic this weekend in New York. But Sharpe is happy to fill the bill and continue his run of moments that he "didn't know I would ever really get a chance to do."

The 6-foot-1 Sharpe ended a sensational career at Bullitt East last month. He averaged 19.2 points a game as a senior and was named Sixth Region Player of the Year, finishing his career as the school's third all-time leader in assists.

From then on it's been a dream come true for Sharpe.

He had some small school offers but always wanted to play for U of L. When U of L assistant coach David Padgett reached out about the opportunity, Sharpe jumped on it.

"Unreal," Sharpe said. "It's always been a dream. I almost didn't know how to react.

"But it's been great and I've had a great time telling all my cousins who are U of L fans."

Sharpe said he has talked with U of L coach Rick Pitino and the assistants and knows what he needs to work on before he arrives on campus sometime in June. But for now he has a simple plan:

"I just try to stay humble," he said. "Stay humble and work hard."


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