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Future Mountaineer Terry Henderson Wins State Title


West Virginia has been looking for perimeter shooting all season long, and the staff is hoping the answer to the problem is just a few months from stepping on campus.

For now, he's winning the state championship – again.

Terry Henderson, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, guided his Neuse Christian Academy team to its fourth North Carolina 3A title with him on the roster Saturday over Vandalia Christian.

"It feels good," Henderson said a few hours after getting the victory. "It's just a difference between winning it your first time and winning it your fourth time. I'm just ready to get back in the lab and keep working."

Now that he has conquered his state, he's looking to take on nationals before calling it a career at the high school level.

He got his start at Neuse as an eight grade point guard, helping his teammates push to the first of his state rings, but is now getting fitted for his fourth as a two guard.

The experience playing the point gave him ball-handling skills that he believes will benefit him as he moves on to play for the Mountaineers, but his ability to knock down a jumper has become his forte in recent years.

He doesn't want to be pigeonholed into one category or another when he joins the collegiate ranks, though. His goal is to learn what Bob Huggins needs him to do and focus solely on that, whatever it may be.

"If I need to score, I'll score. I'm not the type to be hogging the ball, but I'll do whatever they ask me to do to help the team win," says Henderson.

This is a player who is clearly accustomed to winning, just as many of those on the current WVU roster have done up until recent weeks. Henderson has been watching his future teammates and has identified with the Mountaineers as though he is already playing alongside them.

He recognizes the struggles, but has no concern that there are solutions and many of them will simply come with time and experience.

"We're a young team. That's pretty much the bottom line," he says. "We've got a lot of young freshmen trying to mold their way into the system and this is the first time they're playing college ball, so of course it's going to be kind of tough for them. I know over the next couple of years we're going to get better and go on this run."

Through the use of Twitter, Henderson has been keeping up with players like freshmen Keaton Miles, Jabarie Hinds and transfer Juwan Staten and is already being warned of what he can expect when he and fellow incoming freshmen Eron Harris and Elijah Macon first hit campus.

He knows he should be quite fearful of his first few days or weeks with strength coach Andy Kettler, but he's excited for the challenge.

He already knows he will have the WVU fans behind him. He has since he signed with the team. On Saturday, as news came out that he had captured that fourth state crown, plenty of Mountaineer followers sent him congratulatory tweets.

"A lot of West Virginia fans have been telling me good job and stuff like that. It's just a great feeling," says Henderson. "Even at the game, there were a lot of West Virginia fans to watch me. It's good to know I have that kind of support."

Not only will the fans welcome a shooter who connected on nearly 50 percent of his three-point attempts in his junior season, but the coaching staff certainly will too.

In just a few months, Henderson will be able to make his way to Morgantown and begin working toward bringing the same sort of success he experienced in five years at Neuse to his new home at WVU.

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