The Ole Miss Rebels surprised everyone, except maybe their own supporters, by defeating both the Missouri Tigers and the Florida Gators en route to winning the SEC tournament. Their star shooting guard, Marshall Henderson, led the SEC this season in scoring as well as helped lead them to a win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Henderson might be more known for his crazy antics than his basketball ability, but it’s hard not to overlook that after watching him play. He is a talented athlete who knows how to create his own shot — something that is essential in an SEC that continues to become more defensive-minded.
The Rebels lost their two post presences, Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner, who were seniors last year. Not only will the entire Ole Miss team need to step up this year, but Henderson even more so.
Love him or hate him, Henderson is a nightmare for opposing teams to guard. The way he cuts away from defenders to hit threes was nearly unrivaled by any other player in the country. He has one of those “shooter” mentalities that gives him a short memory when it comes to missed shots. This mentality is what causes him to show up late in games for crucial points.
Henderson will have more success this season than last season because he will have more freedom to shoot. He will essentially have control of the offense, but with Henderson’s tendency to completely let his emotions flow from the game and taunt opposition, can Andy Kennedy control him?