West Virginia basketball players Eron Harris and Terry Henderson are going through the typical college transition. Both are trying to get used to the speed of the game, college life and weight lifting.
Harris and Henderson both agree weight lifting has been the toughest adjustment to college, but they realize the hard work will pay off during the upcoming season.
“In the weight room, [WVU Basketball strength and conditioning coach Andy Kettler] pushes you to the point where you say ‘Why I am here? I want to go home. I don’t want to be here’, but right after that you realize this is what it’s about,” said Harris. “This hard work will get you somewhere.”
Henderson, a Raleigh, North Carolina native, has seen the effects of the weight room in his short time in Morgantown. He has added ten pounds to his weight.
“My high school didn’t have a weight room like that,” Henderson said in reference to WVU’s state of the art weight room.
Both freshmen are playing in the Pittsburgh Summer League and they say it is helping them feel out the college game.
“I’m catching on to the up-temp style,” Harris said. “It’s different from high school.”
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has said WVU fans can expect a faster pace of play this season. Harris says he will be ready for the demands of Huggins.
“Back home, I had a coach like Coach Huggins,” said Harris. “My coach was kind of that type, straight forward, told you how it was and I just got to get used to that.”
As for Henderson, he welcomes the challenges Huggins presents.
“He’s trying to get us better,” Henderson said. “I know when the season starts he’s going to pick up steam and get a little tougher.”
Since Elijah Macon failed to qualify academically for West Virginia, Harris and Henderson will make up the 2012 recruiting class. Harris says he and Henderson have already developed a solid friendship in their short time in the University City.
“You see me, you see him,” Harris said. “We’re real close.”