LSU junior guard Henry Shortess, a walk-on for the Tigers for the past 2 1/2 seasons, has been awarded a scholarship for the spring semester, coach Johnny Jones announced Thursday night.

Shortess, who was informed by Jones after practice on Thursday that he had earned a scholarship, is finishing up his undergraduate work in the Ourso School of Business at LSU.

“I am very pleased we could give a scholarship for this semester to Henry Shortess as he finishes his undergraduate school work,” Jones said in a university news release. “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.”

“I can’t thank Coach Jones enough for everything he has done for me,” Shortess said. “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.”

Shortess, who prepped at University High, was a four-year letter winner in basketball and tennis. He joined the LSU basketball team as a walk-on for the 2013-14 seasons.