West Virginia guard Terry Henderson will transfer

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It’s been a tumultuous offseason for West Virginia and it only got worse on Friday as sophomore guard Terry Henderson is leaving the program to transfer, the school announced.

The 6-foot-4 Henderson started 17 games for West Virginia last season — playing in 28 games overall — and averaged 11.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The native of Raleigh, North Carolina also shot 43 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from the free-throw line.

Coupled with the loss of guard Eron Harris to transfer, this is a major blow for Bob Huggins’ team next season as returning point guard and all-Big 12 candidate Juwan Staten loses his two key running mates from last season.

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

Henderson missed four games last season due to an unspecified illness and the Mountaineers struggled to a 1-3 record without him as they finished 17-16 on the season.

While Henderson leaving hurts West Virginia in the short term, Huggins has to be concerned by the alarming frequency that players are leaving the program.

As Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail notes, Henderson is the 12th Huggins recruit since the 2010 Final Four season out of 16 signees that has either transferred or never played in a game for the Mountaineers.

Besides Staten, only junior Gary Browne remains as guards from last season’s team. West Virginia’s recruiting class includes some guards, however, as junior college guard Tarik Phillip and freshmen Jevon Carter and Dax Miles are signed for next season.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.