Final Fit

West Virginia completed the assemblage of an outstanding basketball recruiting class when Terry Henderson Jr. decided that would join the Mountaineer Class or 2012.

Henderson, an underrated, smooth-shooting guard from Neuse Baptist in Raleigh, N.C., joins Elijah Macon and Eron Harris, who both committed in the last four weeks. The trio gives WVU the power forward and shooting guards needed to round out the roster next fall, and fills in the gaps that WVU will have. With Henderson's addition, West Virginia adds another excellent shooter to its 2012-13 roster, which should position it for an excellent season.

"It's the opportunity to go deep into NCAA tournaments, to play for a Hall of Fame coach, and the chance to develop my talents to the fullest," Henderson said of the reasons he choose West Virginia." I felt really good meeting all the players when I went up there. The community was just great. It was very supportive, and it made me feel like it was the best place for me."

Henderson's primary recruiter was new assistant coach Jerrod Calhoun, who, according to Henderson, did an excellent job throughout the lengthy process.

"Intensity," said Henderson in describing Calhoun and his demeanor. "He really showed me how badly West Virginia wanted me. He stayed with me the whole way, and that meant a lot to me. He told me I would have to work hard here, and I know that."

Henderson has already begun preparing for his college career as well as his upcoming senior campaign. He has been lifting weights and working to improve his strength, and plans to continue that through his senior year.

"I started lifting during AAU basketball this summer, and it is hard to do that while you are playing, but I am getting used to it," he said. "I don't think it will affect me doing that while I am playing. I need to get stronger, and I am really working hard on playing on the ball on defense. Those are the things that I have to improve the most this year."

Henderson has cross-trained some in the past, playing soccer a couple of years ago before devoting his full-time attention to hoops. Although he's not playing that sport any longer, he notes that it did help him in one regard.

"I couldn't dunk before I started playing soccer, but all of that running helped my leg strength and my stamina," he related. "After the season, I went in to the gym and went up and I just crushed it, so it really helped me there."

Henderson chose WVU over offers from Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Richmond and Goerge Mason. Maryland had also offered a scholarship at one point during the recruiting process, but backed off for reasons unknown.

Henderson is ranked as the #30 shooting guard in the nation by, and expectations are that he will rise up those rankings as his senior season progresses. Although many of the bigger public high schools in Raleigh won't schedule Neuse, it may be hard for Henderson to avoid more notoriety this year. As a 2,000-point scorer, he should end up as a Top 100 player in the nation.

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