Ole Miss Rebels guard, Marshall Henderson, might be college basketball’s most entertaining volume-shooter. Granted, he might not be the most proficient, well liked or whatever is the opposite of being a polarizing guy, but he tends to keep us on our toes every night. Well, at least he used to.
This season has been a little bit different. Ole Miss coach, Andy Kennedy, has attempted to calm Henderson’s roll down with a benching, a pep-talk and other coaching maneuvers that are usually better suited for a guy who isn’t exactly as colorful as Marshall “Womp Womp Monster” Henderson. That’s not to say that Henderson didn’t give Kennedy’s advice a shot. It’s just more along the lines of him trying to change who he was as a person.
Apparently, however, the volume-shooter has had enough with all this good-behavior like tomfoolery.
Here he is talking to the Clarion-Ledger about going back to Henderson being Henderson:
“I was sitting there and thinking about it, watching those games,” Henderson said via The Clarion-Ledger. “I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t be calm.’ It’s hurting me, which is weird. I can’t do it anymore. I’m sorry. I’m going back to being me, because we need it.
“Sitting out at the beginning, it was a lot different than these two games. Coach (Andy Kennedy) was telling me to watch the games when I’m out and learn from it. At the beginning of the season, I really didn’t know what to look for. The last two games, I knew what to look for in our team and what we’ve been doing wrong. He said, ‘Watch, you’re going to see it. All you guys think I’m dumb and don’t know what I’m talking about, but just watch and you’re going to see it.’ So I was able to learn a little bit just by watching that. I was kinda grateful in that respect, but watching the State game and even the Auburn game I was over there pulling my hair out and just ready to get back out there. It felt good to get back out there.”
Here is the thing. If you love Henderson’s antics then you love this news. If you dislike him, for whatever the reason, then you will only assume that he hasn’t learned any lessons from any of the things that he has done in the past that put him in some hot water.
Personally, I am a fan of Henderson the player as well as the entertainer. Attempting to poke holes in his personality because of him doing something “morally wrong” on the basketball court (whatever that means) is funny to me. He is an unpaid, college basketball player. If you’re mad that he is colorful on the hardwood, well, don’t watch or stop worrying about an early twenty-something year old kid so much.