Winthrop’s Henry to transfer to Citadel

Former Winthrop guard Derrick Henry (center) plans to play his final college season at The Citadel. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom apparently will get a veteran guard to help lead the Bulldogs during his first season, as Winthrop graduate Derrick Henry is planning to transfer to The Citadel.

Henry, a 6-3 guard from Covington, Ga., graduated last weekend with honors from Winthrop with a degree in finance, and will transfer to The Citadel to pursue his master’s degree and play his final season, according to his high school coach.

Henry led Winthrop in scoring with 11.4 points per game in 2012-13 before tearing his ACL late in the season. After sitting out a year, he returned to play in 32 games last season, averaging 4.4 points and 16.1 minutes off the bench.

Last season, he scored a season-high 15 points in a game against UNC Asheville, and had games of 13 points each against Charleston Southern and Longwood and 10 against Clemson. He played for coach Rick Rasmussen at Newton High School along with Stephen Croone (Furman) and Shane Henry (Virginia Tech).

“Derrick was looking for a fresh start, and wanted his last year of playing basketball to be productive,” Rasmussen said. “He’s a very focused, bright kid and is excited about getting his MBA at The Citadel.”

Henry was recruited to Winthrop by former Eagles coach Randy Peele, who was replaced by Pat Kelsey during Henry’s sophomore year.

“He’s a lock-down defender, and in high school he was incredible scorer,” Rasmussen said. “He wants to go in to The Citadel and compete for a starting job right away, and he will bring an intensity that the coaches will appreciate. He will make practice a war, and he knows he’ll have to earn everything he gets.

“But he’s absolutely no-nonsense, tough as nails and extremely competitive.”

In his first college start as a freshman, Henry scored 18 points at Georgia. In his sophomore year, he scored 23 points at VCU, 12 in a 10-point loss to Ohio State and 10 in a win over Auburn.

Henry played at Winthrop with 6-8 forward James Bourne, who has transferred to College of Charleston.

The Citadel has had grad-student transfers in the past, including Joe Wolfinger (Washington) and Stephen Elmore in basketball and quarterbacks Willie Simmons (Clemson) and Jeff Klein (Auburn) in football.

Baucom has also signed 6-1 guard Quayson Williams and 6-7 forward Connor Schroeder since he was hired at The Citadel in March.