Henderson Becoming More Versatile

As a freshman, more than 57 percent of Terry Henderson's shots were taken from beyond the arc.

The Raleigh, N.C., native found his place in the West Virginia rotation immediately during his first season on campus. A sharpshooting guard wasted no time showing that he could provide the perimeter shooting ability that the Mountaineers had been in need of in previous seasons.

But he knew that if he wanted to become a bigger contributor as a sophomore, Henderson would have to emerge as a better all-around player. And so far during the 2013-14 season, he's been able to do just that – making an impact inside as well as from the perimeter.

He's still taking plenty of shots from 3-point range, but 36 percent of his shots from the field (35 of his 97 field goal attempts) have come in the paint – a noticeable jump from his freshman season in which he attempted 40 shots at the rim all season.

"That's just one of the things I wanted to put in my game, and I worked on it over the summer and have been staying after practice some days and just working on my close-range jump hooks and stuff like that," Henderson said. "I've never played with my back to the basket. I was always a jump shooter.

"You've got to be able to add to your game each year. That's what the great players do, and that's what I'm trying to do."

When stressing the point of how important adding that dimension to his game was, head coach Bob Huggins made sure to use some of greatest scorers and the way they evolved their games by complementing what they could do on the perimeter with an inside game to show Henderson how important it was to not just be a perimeter shooter.

"He's starting to see the importance of it," Huggins said. "You look at arguably the two best scoring guards of the last 30 years so … As Michael (Jordan) got older, he started putting his back to the basket and scored in the post. As Kobe (Bryant)'s gotten older, he's putting them on his back and scoring in the post. You try to make guys aware of it. It's an awfully valuable option for you – and I think that's one of the things that made (Da'Sean Butler) so good was that he could score in so many different ways."

In WVU's win against William & Mary, Henderson led the Mountaineers with a season-high 19 points (just four points shy of his career-high of 23 from last season's loss to Michigan). He did so with a variety of shots from the outside and in the paint with a couple of second-chance buckets and easy layups. Henderson grabbed four rebounds in the game after failing to register a board in the Mountaineers' previous game against Purdue.

He said that heading into the William & Mary game – and now as West Virginia prepares to begin Big 12 Conference play this weekend with a road trip to face TCU and Texas Tech – he began emphasizing rebounding more and took it hard when he didn't get one against the Boilermakers.

"It killed me all (Christmas) break. My dad was on me, Huggs was on me," Henderson said. "You can't go a game without getting at least one rebound. I knew that was bad, and it won't happen again.

"For me, I've got to start crashing the glass more. I feel like I've got to keep it up … You've got to go get them. Sometimes the ball is going to bounce another way, but you've still got to box out and try to go get it."

Henderson is beginning to realize that things get much easier for him when he adds that inside presence to his game. It makes the days when he's not shooting as well get a little easier.

"There's so much psychology involved. In the games where Terry has shot it well, he's gotten some layups and some transition baskets, some follow-backs," Huggins said. "But in that Purdue game he didn't get a rebound. That's not good for his game, and it's certainly not good for us. I just think that, if you take seven jump shots and make one, you're going to say, ‘I'm having an awful day here.' But you could get a couple layups and all of a sudden you're 3-for-7.

"That was a point of emphasis for him to help us rebound. He's very capable of doing that and very athletic."


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