Talkin' About Terrance

The Rebels have been looking for a few good men to step up and help out in the paint. Terrance Henry is one of those answering the call, both inside and outside.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound sophomore was a key factor in the Rebels almost being able to pull off a comeback win against Mississippi State last Saturday.

He ended up with 12 points, which tied his UM career high, along with six rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes. Six of his points were from beyond the arc in 3-point land.

The versatile Henry continues to improve as his second season in college moves ahead.

"Terrance played so well and was effective," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy of the Monroe, La., native's game against the Bulldogs. "It was good to see him continue to improve and have an impact on the game."

Kennedy said starting may or may not be in Henry's future, and they will gauge that as time moves on.

"I honestly don't think a lot about who's starting," he said. "I know the kids all love to hear their names called. But it's really about matchups initially, and then we'll play the most effective players. If Terrance continues to progress at the rate that he is, his minutes will certainly go up."

In the Rebels' final non-conference game of the regular season against Central Florida a week ago, an 84-56 UM win, Henry had nine points and eight rebounds with a career high six blocks.

Kennedy said Henry continues to take a role in making something happen because of one main thing.

"Confidence. His confidence is up. It's a simple word, but a powerful word in this business. He probably had one of the most productive falls of anybody on our team."

So Kennedy isn't surprised Henry is contributing in a substantial way at this point. Especially since he had a mishap right before the season began.

"He had the other ‘fall' and hurt his hand," Kennedy said. "He couldn't play the first four or five games. So what happens is you lose your rotation. Now all of a sudden we're working and putting new things in and practicing, and he can't catch the ball. He got behind and he's just now catching up. Terrance had been doing this for us a lot in preparation for the season, and then had the off the court incident."

Henry, shooting a team-best 68.6 percent from the floor this season, made his first 10 shots after returning from injury.

He was a Top 100 national recruit out of high school by most accounts. His bio says he picked Ole Miss over such schools as Kentucky, Kansas, LSU, Arkansas, and Miami (Fla.).

"He was a highly-touted guy," Kennedy said. "He's every bit of 6-foot-9. He's very quick off his feet. He can shoot the ball from 3. He's making better decisions with the ball. Physically he still gets overpowered. This game (Georgia) will be a little bit tougher matchup for him simply because he will be outweighed 50 or 60 pounds. But he's got to use that to his advantage, just as Georgia will try to use it to theirs."

The Rebels (12-3 overall, 0-1 SEC) and Georgia (8-6, 0-1) play in Athens Wednesday night.

Kennedy sat Murphy Holloway down for a while in the MSU game when the starter wasn't being productive. The sophomore forward had just one rebound and no points in 15 minutes.

But Holloway said it was nice to see Henry step in when he himself wasn't producing.

"I text him later on and said big game, way to step up," said Holloway. "I told him I've got to help you out a little bit more (next game)."

Fellow sophomore Terrico White agrees that Henry adds several dimensions to the Rebels' cause.

"When he's rolling, he can do anything – rebound, block shots, hit 3s," White said. "With him being able to play the 3 or the 4 is key for us."

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