Terry Henderson didn’t have one specific reason to transfer to N.C. State. The former West Virginia basketball player had a whole list of them.
In no order, the Raleigh native said he was impressed with the success of the Wolfpack program under Mark Gottfried, the ability of transfer Ralston Turner to come in and contribute right away during the 2013-14 season, his fit in Gottfried’s offense and the chance to play close to home.
Throw in the success of Henderson’s former AAU teammate T.J. Warren at N.C. State and the decision wasn’t that difficult.
“It was a lot of things; it was about winning as a team, and I think they will help me get better individually,” Henderson said Thursday.
Henderson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 11.7 points for the Mountaineers as a sophomore last season. The Neuse Christian Academy product will have to sit out the 2014-15 season but will have two seasons of eligibility left.
Henderson chose N.C. State over Maryland and Richmond. Growing up in Raleigh, he is looking forward to playing in the ACC after spending two years in the Big 12.
He also follows in the footsteps of Warren, who played for Dwayne West’s Garner Road club team before starring at N.C. State.
Henderson is the third major Division I transfer to join Gottfried’s program in the past three years. Turner, who came from LSU, averaged 10.5 for the Wolfpack last season and his emergence late in the season helped State make the NCAA tournament for the third straight season under Gottfried.
Guard Trevor Lacey, an Alabama transfer, is expected to be one of the team’s leaders and top scorers this season. Henderson had high praise for Lacey.
“Trevor is really going to help,” Henderson said. “I think he’s a pro, a lottery pick.”
Henderson started 17 games at WVU last season and made 47 3-pointers and averaged 2.9 rebounds. As a freshman, he averaged 8.0 points and made 42 3-pointers.
Playing time wasn’t an issue for Henderson but the Mountaineers went 17-16 and 13-19 his first two years, missing the NCAA tournament both times.
“I want to play in the NCAA tournament,” Henderson said.
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