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Mountaineer guard Terry Henderson (right) joins Eron Harris (left) and is transferring out of the Mountaineer basketball program.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU announced on Friday that junior guard Terry Henderson has asked for his release and plans to transfer out of the program.

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

Henderson’s departure is the second high-profile transfer for the Mountaineers this offseason following the loss of Eron Harris.

Henderson averaged 11.7 points per game this past season with West Virginia and would have been a key returning piece heading into the 2014-2015 year.

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  • Justin

    Sounds like these transfers are more to do with A coach who refuses to adapt his coaching style to the younger generation than kids being home sick (as many BH loyalists would have ppl believe).

  • Dan H.

    So here is my take in a nutshell:
    Hugs knows how to coach MEN, not BOYS. I believe it's a generational thing more than anything. You have so many kids these days who don't understand what work really is! So many kids these days don't respond well to "in your face coaching", and instead of listening and trusting, they are disrespectful and think they know better. On the flip side however, have you noticed that Huggs did great with the outgoing coaches players, and is doing terrible with his " own way" ... This is happening in football too,. Holgerson did great with what he was ( literally) given.. And then when Casteel left, and Geno moved on, the football program is awful.. These two coaches are GREAT coaches, but obviously don't know how to recruit.

    • Justin

      Have you been looking at the recruiting boards...DH recruiting is on fire. While BH can barely get a kid that's on anyone's radar. DH is getting kids away from big name schools while BH is stealing kids from Ohio and Marshal. Not exactly a huge win on the basketball front.

  • Wenkev

    Wait a minute here. If a really good player (staten) transfers in, it's ok, but if two good players transfer out, the program is in shambles? What's the difference? Boy, I bet Dayton would've loved to had Staten during their run in the tournament this year. OK State and Maryland lost a bunch this year too! This is NOT an isolated "Huggins" problem. There is an underlying current of something deeper. Now that Harris is free, the list of major programs recruiting him is large. It seems like these kids are using schools like WVU almost like JC schools in hopes of getting an offer from a Duke, UK, etc to enhance their chances of going to the NBA. My question is who is in all if these kids heads getting them to leave?

    • Dan H.

      Yes, I agree. It's a shame players are using WVU as a spring board...
      Players need to understand that great schools are great because of the coaches AND the players..

  • mad hatter

    just consider for one minute, the donors who put up all that money for the practice facility, something like 24 million dollars. How do yo think they fill after being sold that bill of goods?
    Well huggie bear, i wouldn't expect much from them anymore, and attendance, which has been going down hill, well, voice your opinion sports fans, empty seats surely puts pressure on Luck to make a change
    Aaron is the only one who still backs him and she is his mother, so i wouldn't hold my breath.
    It's sad when someone doesn't realize it's time. Huggie , move on with class, before all of wv and wvu hate you.
    You are making a mockery of wv and wvu.. sad.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Well just go then - damn it!

  • WVfaninFla

    This transferring may be a trend in college basketball but other teams transfers were not needed as bad as we needed them to stay at West Virginia. The downward spiral of the program has reached a critical point and to me this is a make or break year for Huggins. .500 or less and he needs to go. Kids don't want to play for his type anymore. My friends son is a 5 Star recruit for 2015 and he said he likes WV but not Huggs. He is likely headed to Kansas or UNC. How many do we lose like this? They liked Beilien. Huggs would have never won without his recruits.

  • Troll

    Who cares if they leave, so Harris scored 17 a game and Henderson 11 a game and this all most of you simple minded people see and panic, but in truth they each give up 34 a game so I for one say get the hell on out and don't come back no more no more jack! I would rather have two who only scored 5 a game and give up 4 than those prima donnas that walked out on WVU because they were actually expected to give a 110% on both ends of the court 100% of the time. Huggins stay the course and don't give in, when you start letting the prima donnas run the team that's when you have problems,

    • mad hatter

      haven't you noticed, we're having problems, some people will never "get it"

  • jay

    Any real mountaineer fan knows us going to the final 4 or being top 5 in football is a rare occasion. We were lucky to have these things happen recently. Now its back to reality. Its not always the coaches fault. These guys want to play infront of their families and against their friends; not out in iowa and kansas. These are east coast kids. We never should have joined the big 12!!!!!!!!!

    • Wenkev

      Harris is from Indiana, closer to big 12 schools.

  • Master of One

    Do you want to get Oliver Luck's attention?

    QUIT BUYING TICKETS!

  • Joe

    I am with those calling for further investigation into what is really going on with the program. The fans and the money that supports the program deserve nothing less. Since Metro News and Mr. Raese no longer have the media rights package, perhaps this is the organization that will step up and get the job done?

    I think the problem is partly to blame on Bob Huggins. But, the evolution of the game into a television centered event has changed it into something that will never allow it to go back to what it used to be. A lot of the recruits are looking for 1 - 2 seasons, then NBA draft. If no NBA, then transfer. There is no loyalty in the kids today, or adults for that matter.

    A lot of folks hold UK as the model for success. one and done, year-in - year-out. How do fans become loyal in that kind of atmosphere?

    3/4 of the way through last seasons I was getting really excited about this team, especially their prospects for '14-'15. Turns out the kids were all just a bunch of islands in a loosely affiliated chain. The big looser in this is Juwuan Staten. He really stepped-up, as a team player and leader, in '13-'14. Honestly, with some loyalty and commitment from his teammates, this team was a Big 12 championship contender for '14 - '15. Harris, Henderson, Miles, Hinds et al... have shown absolutely no character in getting on board with the program, regardless of Huggins' certain weaknesses as a coach.

    Yes, accountability is mostly on Huggins. But there is something larger looming out there. Somebody please start digging in.

  • Joe

    This is very concerning. But, over the past two seasons, it always felt as though both Henderson and Harris were on the fence,and would go at any time. They seem to be talented players, lacking discipline and patience to build a program. On the other side of the coin, Staten transferred to WVU. I don't see anyone questioning his credentials. As a fan, I really don't care if 500 players transferred in D1. How can I continue to support a team, with undying loyalty, if no one stays more than one or two years so we can compete in the top tier of the Big 12. Obviously, I have mixed emotions, but I am loosing my enthusiasm for Coach Huggins.

  • B

    The pen is more powerful than the sword!!! Now West Virginia sports writers , GET IT DONE!!

  • mad hatter

    i've been trying to tell mrs.huggins for a long time now, that bobby once was great, but now, not so great, not so fair, and well less than average.
    When he's on tv ,and screaming his head off at his players, and calling them names, well, it's down right embarrassing to the fans, wvu, and the state of wv. shame on you mrs huggins for letting your son act this way in public,,, maybe , just maybe, you'll now have a change of heart on your posts.. you're becoming the laughing stock of this site.

  • B

    For West Virginia ( and I mean all of WV) to climb out of the hole it is in, it needs to rid itself of the tumor of drugs and alcohol. Unless, that happens, the public will not demand anything that is necessary. I know what West Virginia use to be like, and it was a society that was influenced by the Christian work ethic. I say that because, it didn't exclude Catholics or Protestants, but expected all to work and make the best of any situation. I think when we demand the coaches of our universities to be genuine and care about the kids and not their own paychecks, we will be on the road to recovery.

  • B

    Mister GI,
    YOU HIT IT RIGHT ON THE HEAD!!