Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss is one wild dude. He gets into heated exchanges with fans (just ask Auburn), celebrates like a madman when he hits a big shot, and puts himself through more pain than anyone when his team loses.
Mississippi was beaten by La Salle yesterday in the NCAA tournament, which was the latest in a string of upsets in March Madness. As he left the court, Marshall apparently flipped off the fans in attendance because, as he says, some of them were making obscene comments about his sister and taunting him about testing positive for cocaine, which he did last year, as well as testing positive for marijuana and alcohol, all of which violated his probation.
If you put all of that nonsense aside, there is one fact that remains: despite everything that comes along with him, Henderson can play.
Standing at 6’2” and weighing in at 175lbs, Henderson is not going to dominate anyone physically. However, he was able to lead Ole Miss with 20.1 points per game this season, and brought his team all the way past #13 Florida in the SEC championship game.
In the NCAA tournament, Henderson’s 19 points helped Mississippi pull off the upset over the heavily favored #5 seed, Wisconsin. Despite missing 12 of his first 13 shots (he finished 6-21 from the field), Henderson was the spark down the stretch that ultimately helped sealed the win for Ole Miss.
Isn’t it fitting that Henderson plays on a team called the Rebels? I think it is. Ole Miss is Henderson’s fourth team in as many years, and in light of the circus that comes along with him, he has shown that he can produce.
Will he be able to hit big 3-pointers against Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant? Probably not. Marshall is undersized, and doesn’t possess the quickness or strength to be able to get his own shot off against the league’s top players.
Will Henderson make it in the NBA? Let’s just say that if I had to choose one undersized, overconfident, courageous, vulgar, fierce, shoot first-worry later shooting guard to prove each and every one of his doubters wrong, it would be Marshall Henderson.
And I’ll leave it at that.