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Henderson Not The Same Since Injury

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West Virginia University freshman guard Terry Henderson is not playing at the same level as he did prior to suffering a lower back injury earlier this month.

Henderson scored 10 points in 20 minutes against Kansas State prior to the injury. He did not travel to Iowa State and also did not play at Purdue despite making that trip.

Head Coach Bob Huggins said Henderson did not do well in the final practice and shootaround prior to the Purdue game and decided not to play him.

Henderson has appeared in the Mountaineers last three games, but his numbers are not even close to what they were prior to the injury. He logged 53 minutes in those three games, but made just 3-of-15 shots from the field for a total of nine points.

Henderson was coming into his own at the Michigan game when he scored a career-high 23 points. Beginning with that game and the six games following it, Henderson made 26-of-54 field goals for a total of 77 points.

A sore lower back can definitely affect a shooter. Successful shooters try to follow the same form and technique on every shot. If there is pain in the process of jumping, than finding the same success when shooting is going to be difficult. That appears to be the case for Henderson.

Henderson did not do the injury any favors when he leaped for a rebound against Kansas on Monday. He got bumped while in the air and landed right on that sore lower back. That happened in the first half. He did not return to the game until the final minute when WVU desperately needed a three-pointer.

Here are some more comparisons between Henderson before and after the injury. He shot 37 percent from behind the three-point line in the seven games before the injury. Henderson's three-point percentage dropped to 22 percent following the injury. He averaged 11 points per game prior to the injury and just three points per game after the injury.

Henderson and fellow freshman Eron Harris were becoming West Virginia's most reliable shooters. Henderson's productivity has clearly dropped since the injury and Kansas did a good job of not letting Harris get into a rhythm Monday night. Harris' only two points came from the free-throw line.

Henderson and Harris need to get back on track as WVU continues to search for consistent scoring threats.

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