In the wake of a list of departures from the Maryland program that has now reached five names, the Terrapins are in need of replacements to backfill those scholarship spots on the roster.
Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff have now zeroed in on, among others, West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson, who will visit Maryland and a handful of other schools according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson (@t_henderson15) told ESPN he intends to take visits to UCLA, Maryland, Wake Forest and N.C. State.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 25, 2014
Henderson was a three-star prospect out of high school and played two years at West Virginia. He averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 27 minutes per game as a sophomore last season in Morgantown. He is a native of North Carolina.
The pursuit of transfers makes sense.
Maryland welcomes an influx of five freshmen to the roster this coming season, added to sophomore Damonte Dodd. That means that, as it stands, six of Maryland's 11 secured scholarships will be underclassmen in 2014-15. That forces Turgeon to do some scholarship balancing with the two he still has up his sleeve.
Henderson would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season. He would then be a redshirt junior when this group of freshmen become sophomores and Dodd becomes a junior, the same time another group of freshmen join the roster. At that point, Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz, Jon Graham, and grad transfer Richaud Pack will all have graduated.
That also explains in part Maryland interest in other transfers, including Georgia Tech's Robert Carter, Jr. The one year that they are forced to sit out could help the roster to reach an equilibrium between younger players and veterans.
And so the scholarship juggling act continues.