Back in 2011, Terry Henderson was a Raleigh (N.C.) high school shooting guard many of us were hoping would commit to Maryland. He chose WVU instead; but after announcing he would transfer a few weeks ago, we're back where we were three years ago. Or are we?
There are plenty of people on this board who are now lukewarm on the possibility of Henderson ultimately winding up a Terp. Personally, I've been on the fence; so, since it appears he'll decide Friday between Maryland, N.C. State (NEVER pick State) and Richmond, this seemed like a good time to list the pros and cons of landing the 6'4" shooting guard.
With an assist from GO SKINS, here are the cons:
1)We need to stop relying so much on getting transfer players, and start focusing on coaching-up our freshmen to be better players earlier in their career.
2) We don't need a transfer to dissuade a high school recruit from committing to - or even considering - Maryland.
A scholarship for Henderson means - assuming no attrition - we'll have space for just five recruits between the 2015 and 2016 classes. The long-term impact of that is that in the 2018 and 2019 season (again, assuming no attrition), we would be a very young team.
If Henderson's stats we off-the-charts, it might be a different story, but the fact is that - while his numbers at WVU were decent enough - his stats just aren't good enough to outweigh the negative impact his presence would have on the long-term success of the team.
And now for the pros:
1) Henderson has great length for a shooting guard, and Turge loves a long, talented shooting guard.
2) A player who has two years' experience playing for a team in a major conference, is an upgrade over anything we'll have on the roster, especially since Dez will be gone when Henderson steps in.
3) Someone of Henderson's caliber can only have a positive effect on the current freshman class (Wiley, Melo and Nickens, specifically) in practices during the season.
4) We wanted him as a high school junior and senior, why wouldn't we want him now?
I'm sure there are other pros and cons, so make this fanpost your home to express you opinion, enhance the discussion, and take part in the accompanying poll.