Honoring Our Seniors: Tim Henderson

03/07/2014 04:58 PM

  • 84 games
  • 103 career points
  • 400 career minutes

Louisville-native Tim Henderson walked on to the UofL team for three years before being placed on scholarship. The moment head coach Rick Pitino told him was completely unceremonious. On January 3, Pitino told Henderson and the team during a film session right after breaking down a defensive play. And with that, all of Henderson’s hard work paid off.

“I always pretended I was one of the players growing up, shooting the ball outside my house. When the opportunity came around, I stayed here all the time trying to convince Coach Pitino to take me,” Henderson said. “They invited me to open gyms, and I just remember going through that whole process and not knowing if I was going to make the team, nonetheless win a national championship.”

As a freshman, Henderson scored fewer points than games he played in. He had his best game against Chattanooga, scoring 4 points, grabbing a rebound and dishing out one assist. As a sophomore, Henderson improved his career-high in scoring five points against Fairleigh Dickinson, but in his junior season, Henderson burst onto the scene and into the national spotlight.

In the Final Four against Wichita State, the Cards were down by nine with 13 minutes left in the game. In just 40 seconds, Henderson hit back-to-back three-pointers. Those would be his only six points in the game, but he provided a spark to the UofL offense to defeat the Shockers 72-68 and move on to the championship game.

“I’m known by those two shots now,” Henderson said. “I should change my name from Tim to Wichita.”

So far as a senior, Henderson has appeared in 28 games. Against Western Kentucky on December 14, 2013, Henderson played a career-high 22 minutes and scored a career-high 12 points. Not too bad for a walk-on from Louisville.


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