Marshall Henderson is everyone’s favorite villain in college basketball, except for those in Oxford, Miss. who have seen the Ole Miss Rebels guard star on the court the past two seasons while infuriating the opposition and most recently Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray.
Henderson has brought much of that heat for his numerous off-the-court incidents which include a penchant for drugs and alcohol and his actions on the court which included the famous incident at Auburn when he taunted the fans after a last-second win.
However, this year’s Henderson is a far cry from the version we saw last year and into the NCAA Tournament and Henderson says he’s still on ‘ultra-lockdown’ but he’s grown and been much more focused, according to his head coach.
“He has matured,” Andy Kennedy said. “He is putting his energies in the right direction.”
As a result of his maturation, Henderson is averaging 19.2 points per game and has the Rebels in second place in the SEC with perennial power Kentucky, who hosts Ole Miss and Henderson on Tuesday night.
“I knew I didn’t have a leg to stand on at the beginning of the year,” Henderson said. “I knew I needed to change some things. I’m growing more and more. I’m the only senior. We’ve got 10 games left. I’ve got to be the guy after a turnover to say ‘Next play.’ My eyes have been opened up more and more.”