BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Information provided by LSU Sports
LSU basketball player Henry Shortess is no longer a walk-on after Head Coach Johnny Jones told Shortess and the team in a meeting after Thursday's practice that he has been awarded a scholarship for the 2016 spring semester.
Shortess, who is a junior in eligibility and in his third year in the program, is finishing up his college undergraduate work in the Ourso School of Business at LSU.
"I am very pleased that we could give a scholarship for this semester to Henry Shortess as he finishes his undergraduate school work," said LSU Coach Johnny Jones. "Henry is not only hard-working in the classroom as demonstrated by his multiple selections to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, but he was named a prestigious Rucks Fellow by the Ourso School of Business. He is also hard-working on and the basketball court, helping make his teammates better by his efforts in drills and scouting reports. More importantly, he is well-liked and respected by the other members of the team as was shown by their reaction when we announced that we were awarding this to Henry."
Shortess, who prepped at University High on the LSU campus, was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and tennis, earning two first-team All-District honors in basketball and was a two-time All-Metro selection in tennis.
At LSU, he walked-on to the men's team prior to the 2013-14 season and has been a part of the team for three years.
"I can't thank Coach Jones enough for everything he has done for me," said Shortess. "The LSU basketball program has always been very close to my heart, and the love I have for my teammates and coaches has grown tremendously these past couple of seasons. It is hard to put into words what being put on full scholarship feels like. I love all my coaches and teammates, and we're looking forward to finishing the season strong."
He was named a freshman member of the Academic All-SEC team in 2014 and will earn his second consecutive spot on the Academic Honor Roll at the end of this basketball season.
The popular Shortess was named one of just 10 selected as a prestigious Rucks Fellow by the business school in September. The honor is given to a senior management major in any of the department's concentrations and recipients must have a grade point average in the Top 10 of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum.