DURHAM, N.C. -- Senior guard Phil Henderson was reinstated Wednesday to Duke's basketball team, about 10 weeks after he said he would transfer and leave the Blue Devils.
'After a number of meetings with Phil, the team and athleticadministration, we felt it was appropriate he rejoin the team,' Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement.
'He is back with no stipulations attached. We all felt it was important to start the year with an united team and now we are headed in the right direction.'
Henderson, who was Duke's second-leading scorer (12.7 points) behind All-American Danny Ferry last season, left the team in mid-June. He planned then on transferring to Illinois, nearer his Chicago home.
But Henderson did not meet an Illinois requirement that upperclass transfer students have a 2.0 grade-point average, and Illinois Coach Lou Henson reportedly was not overly interested in accepting a player with only one year of remaining eligibility.
Henderson returned to Duke two weeks ago and began a process of returning to school and subsequently the basketball team. He is academically eligible, according to Duke officials.
'I came back without knowing if I could play or not,' Henderson said. 'Playing ball is icing on the cake. Doing well outside the classroom and extracurricular activities are good but the main purpose is to be a student first.
'Things have been resolved and I'm very happy about the situation. I think my teammates are also. Now we go on from here. It's over, and we're looking forward to the season coming up.'
Henderson was arrested on a drunk-driving charge shortly before he left Duke and the case is scheduled to be resolved by Sept. 11. Krzyzewski has insisted the incident had no effect on Henderson's departure.
Henderson started all 36 games last season but played particularly well in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 17.4 points in the tournament, including a career-high 23 points in an 85-77 victory over Georgetown in the East Regional championship.
'Everybody wanted Phil back,' said Robert Brickey, a senior and team captain. 'It's now water under the bridge, and we're looking forward to the year ahead.'