Jacob Broussard says he watched Ragin' Cajuns Basketball growing up and one day wanted to wear the Vermilion and White.

Broussard transferred from Centenary and joined the Cajuns as a walk-on for his sophomore season.

Now, he's no longer "Walk-On Jacob Broussard."

On Thursday, Louisiana basketball coach Bob Marlin awarded the senior guard a scholarship for the springs semester.

"Jacob has earned this," Marlin said.  He's had a great work ethic, is an honors student and as a senior, has given the kind of leadership we look for."

The life of a walk-on isn't easy.  They put in as many hours as all of the other players on the team.  They have study hall.  They are expected to do well in the classroom.  And, they usually help run the scout team.

But there's one big difference.  They don't see the court much.

But for Broussard, that's been secondary.

"I really wanted to be a Ragin' Cajun," Broussard said.  "It just wasn't a good fit for me (at Centenary) and I was really happy when Coach Marlin decided to give me a chance as a walk-on."

The product of Lafayette Christian Academy got the news from Athletic Director Dr. Bryan Maggard.

"Dr. Maggard came in and said a player might have had a problem with their academics,"  Broussard said.  "We all looked at each other, kinda freaking out.  Then he pulled out the letter that said I was being awarded a scholarship.  It was a great feeling."

So, what's next for Broussard.

"I talked to Coach Marlin and told him that since I was on scholarship, he had to give me more playing time," Broussard joked.

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