On Tuesday night,Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports broke the story that West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson committed to NC State over Maryland and Richmond. Henderson is a rising junior who was one of many to transfer from West Virginia this offseason.
Henderson, who has to sit out a year for coach Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack, averaged 11.7 points-per-game and 2.9 rebounds a game for the Mountaineers in his sophomore year. Henderson entered West Virginia known for his athleticism and ability to get to the basket, but West Virginia coach Bob Huggins taught him “defense first, then score,” and it made an impact on his game. With two years of eligibility remaining, Henderson may very well become the next T.J. Warren for NC State once Ralston Turner graduates this year.
In the grand scheme of things, Maryland fans would look at the Henderson miss as a big loss, but this only helps the staff focus more on their 2015 recruiting class. With Henderson, guys like William J. Brennan (TX) small forward Jordan Murphy and Shaker Heights (OH) power forward Esa Ahmad will become even more of a priority for the staff now that coach Mark Turgeon will be looking for a successor to forward Jake Layman. Henderson will have to sit out a year, so his commitment would not have had any impact on this year’s team.
So will Maryland use the extra scholarship on an eligible transfer? Tune in Thursday to find out who.
And to cheer you up, this guy did commit to Maryland: