MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's men's basketball team just finished a season in which it compiled the school's worst 3-point shooting percentage since the shot was instituted in college before the 1986-87 season.
Never had the Mountaineers done worse than this 29.6 percent. No regular made 40 percent of his shots, and no one was in the top 250 nationally. The team was No. 275 out of the 336 teams the NCAA ranks in that category.
And so WVU, perhaps seeing this problem from far away, or anticipating what life after Truck Bryant and Kevin Jones graduate, recruited a pair of sharp shooting guards.
Terry Henderson and Eron Harris, high school seniors who are weeks away from their proms and months away from hitting WVU's campus, should fit in well beginning next fall.
That's especially true for Harris and it has nothing to do with his perimeter shooting.
He played for Lawrence North in Indianapolis, the same program that produced Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr., who won state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Eric Montross before them, who won a state title in 1989.
It's an honor to play for the Wildcats, but it can be as much of a burden as it is a privilege to be the next part of the program.
"My school does have that good tradition, but the last four years haven't been so good for us," Harris said.
Lawrence North went 8-12 during his senior season, which was as stunning as it was disappointing.
"We had the most talented team in the state, by far, and we were under .500," he said. "We don't know what the answer was for that. Maybe we weren't playing hard enough. Maybe we weren't doing this or that.
"I know I was being a leader on and off the court and trying my hardest every game, but for that to be the outcome makes me so much more motivated going forward now."
If that is Harris' mindset next season, it will be the best thing he'll bring to the team.
Forget that he knocks down jumpers like Pete Weber knocks down bowling pins. He already has.
"This year was arguably my worst year in high school," the 6 foot, 4 inch Harris said. "It was everyone's worst year. I'm not going to lie. I shot about 35 percent from 3 this year, which wasn't what I planned. I didn't average what I thought I would. I was good at the free-throw line. I shot about 85 percent. But all the other things bother me."
Harris averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game and played a variety of positions, but listen to him talk about his senior season and you envision a freshman whose thinking and motivations will be in line with his new teammates next season.