Terry Henderson picks West Virginia

Shooting 3s with new West Virginia commit Terry Henderson

Terry Henderson (Raleigh, N.C./Neuse Baptist) committed to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday. He had George Mason, Richmond, Virginia Tech and Rutgers on his short list. There was a time, not too long ago; those programs would have been pipe dreams for the 2012 wing shooter. Not anymore because as of Monday he’s a Big East player and he’s taking his 2,300-plus career points to Morgantown to play for Bob Huggins.

I caught up with Henderson regarding his pledge to West Virginia and quizzed him on three topics.

Six months ago, West Virginia wasn’t on your radar, what happened?

“Before the AAU season, I don’t think I had a high-major offer,” Henderson said. “I put in a lot of hard work and dedication in June. Being capable of playing to the best of my abilities is what I strived for this summer. I was happy to play to my abilities.

“I never thought this (level) would happen, honestly. I felt the situation they were in, who they needed and who they didn’t have and took the opportunity.”

When exactly did your game take off?

“It’s been throughout the whole summer,” Henderson said. “I always had it in my head that I could play and compete at the highest level. Going against T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) everyday in (AAU) practice helped me get better. The camps, going against the top players in the country helped out a whole lot. From there I just ran with it, I never looked back. I tried to get better everyday.”

What about West Virginia sealed it for you?

“Probably the NCAA Tournament,” Henderson said. “They said we’re going to have a great team but nothing really matters until you step on that court. I can’t wait to get up there and get in the gym and start working.

“There’s something about West Virginia that I felt real comfortable with. After my Mason visit, I was supposed to go to Rutgers. I pretty much had my schools narrowed down. After the Mason visit, I sat down with my parents, Coach West and David West and we talked a lot. Everybody had their reasons for different schools but deep down it was an individual decision and I made the best decision for me.”