UPDATED: Here’s the feature done by ESPN.
By now, you know the story of LSU senior center Andrew Del Piero.
Arriving at LSU as a scholarship tuba player and member of the Golden Band from Tigerland, the native of Austin, Texas walked on to the Tigers basketball team his junior year in Baton Rouge.
Del Piero, who gave up his music scholarship to walk on, redshirted his junior season under former coach Trent Johnson and averaged only saw 12 minutes of action in four games.
Yet this season, on a roster than entered with only 11 scholarship players, Del Piero has started 17 games, and is averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in roughly 13 minutes a game for the Tigers.
Now, a career that startd in LSU’s Student Recreation Complex will get spotlighted nationally on ESPN, which will run a segment on Del Piero during Saturday’s broadcast of GameDay from Lexington, Ky., where Missouri takes on Kentucky.
Per an LSU release, ESPN staff members interviewed Del Piero, who earned a scholarship ahead of this season, earlier this month in Baton Rouge. The staff also interviewed LSU coach Johnny Jones along with Roy King, director of the Golden Band from Tigerland.
The segment will air between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on ESPN.
Del Piero, who tallied a career-high 13 points against Mississippi State a week ago, was also featured in the New York Times this season.