The wanna be larger than life personality that is Ole Miss point guard Marshall Henderson invades the O’Connell Center on Saturday evening as the Rebels take on the Florida Gators in what is sure to be an interesting match-up and possibly an SEC final preview.
In case you do not know who Marshall Henderson is, he’s the trash talking former Utah player who ended up at Ole Miss this season and loves to taunt opposing players and fan bases.
Considered a sharp shooter on the court, he’s certainly an interesting personality off of it. In his four year career he is currently at his fourth different school starting out at Utah, transferring to Texas Tech, then on to junior college, and finally ending up this season at Ole Miss. Last season he won a national junior college championship at South Plains Junior College and was named national JC Player of the Year.
He’s also had numerous run ins with the law. It started in 2009 with an arrest for using counterfeit money to buy marijuana. He subsequently was violated for testing positive for drug use and spent 25 days in jail for the violation.
However, it’s his showboating and trash talking to other players and to opposing fans that make him interesting to fans and media alike.
He currently leads the SEC in scoring averaging 19.3 points per game (ppg), but he’s more of a volume shooter than a sharpshooter as he is only shooting 38% from the field and 35% from beyond the three point arc. However, he certainly has never found a shot he didn’t want to take and it’s his confidence that makes him deadly particularly near the end of games.
While he has certainly been quite the controversial figure since starting his college career in 2009, there is no doubting the influence he’s had at Ole Miss helping lead them to their best start since 1937 at 17-3.
Next he invades the O’Connell Center today attempting to lead Ole Miss to do something no one else has been able to do in conference thus far this season: beat the Gators. That’s going to be a tall order considering the Gators average margin of victory in conference play is plus 28.3 and the closest any team has come is the 21 point margin in the Texas A&M victory.
Expect the Rowdy Reptiles to have a field day with Henderson and it ought to be interesting to see how he responds particularly if the Gators get out to a huge lead like they have in every SEC game to date.
Tip off from the O’Connell Center is 7 pm eastern and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.