Big Dreams For Henderson

Mark Gottfried wasn't able to land Terry Henderson the first time around, but he made sure to do it when Henderson chose to transfer.

A standout scoring wing at Raleigh (NC) Neuse Christian, Terry Henderson was recruited by local NC State.  However, Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried admits that he "botched" the recruitment.

I messed it up," said Gottfried.  "I screwed it up. I liked him in high school, and I wanted to recruit him in high school, but I botched it up. [I] didn't do a very good job, and we tried to come in late." 

Henderson chose to sign with West Virginia and enrolled at the school in 2012.  He played in 58 games for the Mountaineers, averaging 9.8 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 43.8% during his two years.  He played a larger role in his final year, averaging 11.7 points per game while shooting nearly 38% from the 3-point line.

He chose to transfer after his sophomore season, and NC State was instantly in the mix.

"When he decided to transfer here I was really thrilled," said Gottfried.  "I liked him for a long time."

Henderson picked the Wolfpack, but due to NCAA rules he had to sit out the 2014-2015 season. Gottfried had a chance to watch him everyday in practice and came away impressed.

"No. 1 I think with Terry, a lof thoughts come to mind, but he's been well-coached," Gottfried stated.  "There's no question about that, Bobby Huggins at West Virginia with him. Last year, even as a redshirt player, you could tell right away. He has been well-schooled, especially on defense.

"What I like about Terry, he just seems to do a lot of things well. He's not one-dimensional in any regard.  He's an above-average rebounder for a perimeter player... above-average passer... above-average defender... you can just keep going down the line. He's really good at a lot of things."

As for Henderson, he's happy to be back in Raleigh.

"It means the world," he said.  "I've been looking forward to [this season] ever since I signed to come to [NC] State... ever since that day, I've been waiting to step foot on the PNC floor and get this show on the road.  I'm ready."

Henderson certainly has high goals for the Wolfpack.

"Winning an ACC championship," he said . "That's my dream... winning an ACC championship and winning a NCAA championship. That's what I look forward to."

Most would scoff at the suggestion given NC State hasn't advanced past the Sweet 16 since 1986 and the Wolfpack's last ACC title was won in 1989, but Henderson seems to believe this team can take the next step.

"It's very possible," he said.  "Anything is possible. We just have to put in the work, understand each's others roles, and listen to coach."

He couldn't play last season but he practiced with the Sweet Sixteen squad.  What does this year's team need to do differently?

"It's hard to say because we have a new team this year," Henderson said. "We lost four or five guys, but this team, we need to have that team chemistry down. That's one of the main things a lot of teams don't have, that team chemistry. Last year they had it, and it's why they were able to go so far.

"If we can get that down, we'll be very scary."

Some fans may look for Henderson to step right in and replace Trevor Lacey , but that could be asking a lot.  Lacey was one of the top guards in the country last season, as he led the Wolfpack in scoring and was named second-team All-ACC.  

However, his head coach believes Henderson can certainly have a terrific year.

"I look for him to have a really good year," said Gottfried.  "We need him to.  He's played in tough games, tough environments, and I'm excited for him to get started here at NC State."


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