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November 9, 2011

WVU to add muscle with top recruit

MORGANTOWN — With a locker room full of point guards, Bob Huggins concentrated on getting some help at shooting guard and is expected to land a pair of them along with highly regarded power forward Elijah Macon in this year’s recruiting class.

The signing period opens today, but the paperwork is not expected to be filed with West Virginia until Thursday for shooting guard Terry Henderson of Neuse Baptist Christian School in Raleigh, N.C., and Eron Harris of Lawrence North in Indianapolis.

Macon is a 6-9, 230-pound power forward who is ranked among the nation’s best and who has been recruited by Huggins for what seems like a long time. In fact, when he verbally committed to the Mountaineers this year it was the second time he had done so.

Macon had committed early in his high school career but re-opened the recruitment only to wind up back with the Mountaineers. He played this past year in Huntington.

Macon is a long, athletic player who plays above the rim and is said to have a nice touch up to 15 feet out.

“Elijah is a very athletic, step-out (power forward) who can score,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told The Charleston Gazette. “His ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays will be a problem at the next level.

“Elijah is a very aggressive offensive and defensive player that’s contagious to teammates. He gives WVU a much needed skilled ‘big’ who can play away from the basket as well as bully guys on the post when needed.”

Eron Harris is a 6-3 shooting guard who had been pursued hard by Wisconsin and Dayton but decided upon WVU when he took an official visit.

According to scouting services, Harris is not a sharp shooter but more a shotmaker who can create his own shot.

He played over the summer on the Indiana Elite AAU team, a group that sends a lot of players to Division I, especially to Indiana.

It is said he can play either shooting guard or the point, but with Gary Browne and Jabarie Hinds coming back next year and the talented Juwan Staten eligible after sitting out a year following his transfer from Dayton, he probably will not be needed at the point.

The third player expected in the class is Terry Henderson, who stands 6-5 and weighs 175 pounds and can put the ball in the basket from the outside.

A 3-star prospect, Henderson selected the Mountaineers over Maryland, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Boston College and a host of other schools. He visited during the LSU football weekend.

“I really enjoyed myself. It was a great college experience, enjoying ‘College GameDay’ and the experience, it was really cool and really fun,” Henderson told one scouting service after the visit. “It met my expectations and more. I went up there saying West Virginia was a good school, but I didn’t know how the atmosphere would be.”

He averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists last year at Neuse Baptist.

Email Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com. Follow on Twitter @bhertzel.

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