WVU BASKETBALL: Henderson granted release, will transfer

West Virginia's Terry Henderson (15) is pressured by Texas' Damarcus Croaker during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Something happened very quickly at West Virginia on Friday that has happened quite often lately. In the course of three hours in the afternoon, word broke that Terry Henderson was seeking to be released from his scholarship with WVU’s basketball team and the school announced Henderson was transferring.

“We have enjoyed Terry and his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” coach Bob Huggins said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

A rising junior from Raleigh, N.C., Henderson is the second player to transfer this offseason. Fellow double-digit scorer Eron Harris was granted permission to transfer in March. Harris tweeted this week he was finally released from his scholarship, and he seemed to insinuate teammate Remi Dibo was trying to do the same.

Henderson becomes the 12th player among the 16 signed in the first three recruiting classes after the 2010 Final Four to either transfer or never play a game. One of the four who stayed is point guard Juwan Staten, who decided in March to resist the NBA and return to WVU for his senior season.

Henderson’s departure dramatically changes Staten’s surroundings. Henderson started 17 of the 28 games he played this past season and averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds and made 37.6 percent of his 3-point shots. Henderson also missed four games toward the end of the season with an unspecified illness. WVU went 1-3 without Henderson, who was never the same in the two games he played at the end of the 17-16 season.

Henderson, though, was the player most commonly expected to benefit from the departure of his friend and classmate Harris. Both are shooting guards and Harris’ exit and Henderson’s expected improvements and supposed rebounding and defensive edges over Harris figured to mitigate the impact of Harris’ loss.

Staten and Gary Browne are the only two guards with a scholarship currently on the roster. Junior college transfer Tarik Phillip and incoming freshmen Dax Miles and Jevon Carter will arrive over the summer.

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