Has it been a week already? Actually, no, it hasn't. It's been six days since our last transfer target update. Some stuff has happened and other things haven't! Read about those things.
Remember Terry Henderson? If you don't, he was a 2012 3-star wing recruit out of Raleigh, NC that Maryland had significant interest in before accepting their rather large recruiting class of that year. A lack of available scholarships forced them to drop their pursuit of Henderson, who would eventually commit to West Virginia. Luckily for the Terps, he's back on the market, part of a rash of transfers from Morgantown. Inside Maryland Sports is reporting that the staff were among the first to reach out to Henderson.
In his two years under Coach Bob Huggins, the 6-4 guard put up impressive numbers. He averaged eight points per game as a freshman and 11.7 points as a sophomore. He's very athletic and a good shooter, with 43.8% FG% and 38.7% 3P% for his career. In advanced stat-land, Henderson had the 7th best turnover percentage (11.6%) and 10th best offensive rating (118.5) in the Big 12 last season.
While he'd likely have to sit out a year before playing in College Park, Henderson would be a worthwhile addition to the Maryland program. Yes, shooting guard seems to be the one position where they're fairly deep, but as we know from experience you can never have too many guards. He has interest from a multitude of high-major programs including UCLA, Wake Forrest, Virginia and NC State and plans to take his time in making a decision. He does have family in Maryland (Glen Burnie), so the Terps may have some hometown(ish) pull.
Here's a highlight video from Henderson's senior year of high school.
This is a feature on Henderson from last year at WVU.
Oh, the irony at 4:00. "Couldn't be happier to be a Mountaineer," indeed.
Yet another former 2012 wing target Maryland will get another crack at. White was a consensus 4-star, top 70 prospect coming out of Charlottesville, VA that the Terps recruited heavily in high school. He committed to Kansas over offers including WVU, Texas, Georgetown, George Mason, Georgia Tech, NC State and Maryland.
After getting to Kansas he was buried on the depth chart, in large part this past season due to the presence of another "Andrew W.". Averaging just over 5 minutes per game in his career and 100 total points in that time, he decided to transfer. I suspected Maryland would be interested, and in fact they are.
As a player, White is somewhat of an unknown. In high school he was known an athletic, slashing wing with a solid jump shot. His "Per 40 Minutes" stats, which take a players production in their allotted minutes and projects what they would average in a full game, were fantastic, coming out to 16.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per 40. White's FG% of 37.5% is not good for a guard, but is mostly dragged down by a poor 29.5 3P%. From 2-point range he shot 55.6%.
Unlike most of the other transfers Maryland is targeting, White doesn't come with a ready-known game. How a player plays in 5 minutes per game might be very different than how they play in a larger role. He *is* in the mold of wing player Maryland's been targeting for the 2015 recruiting class - long, athletic and active - and having two years of experience at a program like Kansas under a coach like Bill Self should give him a leg up on any potential high school recruit. Again, he'll likely have to sit out a year before being eligible to play, but for a player like White, transitioning from a bit player to likely a major contributor, that might be the best thing for him.
Maryland will be competing with a number of schools including Richmond, Nebraska, Miami, Florida State, Wake Forrest, Notre Dame and College of Charleston.
Robert Carter Update
We discussed Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr. last week and why a commitment from the productive power forward would be huge for the Terps.
At the time he was said to be interested in St. John's, South Carolina and Maryland (what an odd list of schools, I wonder what they all have in common?). He visited St. John's earlier this week, and according to Adam Zagoria, if the visit went well enough he wouldn't take anymore.
"We might like it to a point that we don't have to go anywhere else," Winfred Jordan, Carter Jr.'s AAU coach, told SNY.tv by phone Monday. "He could stop right now."
Presumably, that meant there's a possibility Carter won't take all of his visits, and just commit wherever he first feels comfortable doing so. He finished his visit yesterday, and since there's been no commitment announcement yet, it looks like at least some of his other suitors - which now including Baylor and Texas - may get their shot. If Maryland can get Carter on campus they'll have as good a chance as any at landing the coveted sophomore.
Richaud Pack Update
Update! Pack has committed to Maryland.
Uhhhhhhhhhhh...nothing? He's still up in the air, with Maryland and TCU as the final two. Pack seems like an incredibly thoughtful young man and it makes sense to take your time when committing to your third and final college. That's all I got. Stay tuned.
Niagara's Antoine Mason will transfer, per the school. Immediately eligible. Averaged 25.6 PPG last year. Long line for this one!— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 21, 2014
Mason isn't a point guard but woah boy can the dude score the basketball in the basketball hoop. I don't know if he's the kind of player Maryland's targeting this offseason, but definitely a name to keep an eye on.