NC State junior guard Terry Henderson will miss at least 6-8 weeks with torn ligaments in his right ankle, the school announced on Saturday.
The 6-foot-5 wing, a transfer from West Virginia, was playing in his first game with the Wolfpack on Friday night when he landed awkwardly on the ankle at around the seven-minute mark of the team’s 85-68 loss to William & Mary.
“Obviously, this is a big blow to Terry and to our team,” coach Mark Gottfried said. “I feel badly for Terry. He worked extremely hard to get ready for this year. Our team has to adjust and we will need some young players to step up.”
Henderson was expected to play a rather large role on NC State this season, as he started for Gottfried’s team next to Cat Barber at the point and Caleb Martin at the 3. This was his first game action since March 2014 with West Virginia, where he averaged 11.7 points on 44 percent shooting and 38 percent from the 3-point line.
Without him, look for bigger contributions from Cody Martin, twin brother of Caleb, as well as freshman Maverick Rowan. Rowan particularly might be the guy to watch here, as he ended up hoisting 15 shots and scoring 16 points off the bench following Henderson’s injury. He’s a highly regarded recruit who committed to the Wolfpack late after reclassifying to the 2015 class in August.
The Wolfpack have a pretty reasonable out of conference slate, with its toughest game coming against Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1. Beyond that though, they face lower-end Power 5 schools in Missouri and Arizona State as well as only a couple of pesky mid-majors in High Point and Winthrop. That slate should allow them to get through relatively unscathed while improving from last night’s result and getting the team fully healthy.