Polarizing figures like Marshall Henderson are often hard to find, but his ability to shake the NCAAB landscape is something special. The Ole Miss guard had the option of trying his luck in the NBA Draft, however he will be in a Rebels uniform for at least one more season.
Henderson averaged 20 points a game with the Rebels last year which ranks him a top the SEC in scoring. 2013 will be a different story as the Kentucky Wildcats are stacked with talent this upcoming year. Nobody had the Rebels doing much of anything in 2012 and they surely did not have them defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the second round of the NCAA tournament this year.
Wisconsin came in as the fifth seed, but Henderson caught fire in the second half and propelled the Rebels to an upset victory. Unfortunately, the LaSalle Explorers defeated Ole Miss and advanced to the sweet 16.
Due to constant expletives and hostility towards opposing fan bases, Henderson’s antics have not gone over very well with the majority of college basketball. Now, it’s completely subjective whether or not you like Henderson, however it’s asinine to say that this kid can not run up the scoreboard in a hurry. While Rebels fans may enjoy his attitude now, I think Henderson is walking a fine line between immature and deadly to a program.
Like it or not, Henderson represents the university and when he spouts off to the wrong person, the Rebels are not going to look very good. Time will tell if Henderson can lead his Rebels to another NCAA tournament or if his act lands him out of school.