Just when you think Marshall Henderson is out, they pull him back in. According to ESPN.com, the troubled Ole Miss scorer who was suspended a few weeks ago has not been completely kicked of the team’s roster.
Henderson’s coach, Adam Kennedy told ESPN’s Andy Katz that if Henderson followed the team’s requirements and stayed out of trouble, the team could re-instate the guard over the course of the season. No specific suspension has been handed down by Ole Miss and it remains to be seen how long Henderson will be out.
For a player who has had a lot of controversy around him, this is a huge chance for Henderson. On the court, he is fiery and has gotten himself in hot water before for his hot temper and his inability to control his emotions in heated moments. Off the court, he has run into a lot of trouble because of his drinking and this past May, he was arrested for speeding in a car that was later found to contain cocaine. Safe to say that Henderson, while quite a basketball talent, has been a lot of work for Ole Miss’ officials.
A for his team, Henderson is important, he was the team’s leading scorer and emotional spark plug. When he played well, Ole Miss could beat any team in the country behind his scoring prowess but if he had an off game, the team went away with him. If he is able to find himself back into the team’s lineup, he would be a big part of Ole Miss’ tournament hopes. Without his scoring, the chances that the team is able to make any sort of tournament run almost instantly dissipates.
Once Ole Miss’ season came to an end last year, Henderson spoke to the media about becoming a better leader for his team. There were a lot of doubters that believed Henderson could not make that change and he didn’t take long to prove them right. If he gets a final chance at proving himself, he better not waste it because it will most definitely be his last. As it stands, he does not have many fans outside of Ole Miss campus and will be seen as a villain, but something tells me that is a role Henderson will be comfortable playing.