Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
You already have an opinion about Marshall Henderson.
Ole Miss Rebels guard Marshall Henderson has made a name for himself this season as the best scorer in the SEC and the most aggressive troll anywhere in college basketball. Both sides of his identity go hand-in-hand, and it's impossible to predict what will happen and when.
His 21 points in Sunday's SEC title game-the 66-63 Ole Miss win over Florida were somehow overshadowed not by teammate Murphy Holloway's 23 points and 10 rebounds, but by Henderson's decision to gator-chomp the Florida fans during a timeout in the second half. Note that the game was still very much in balance, too.
He finished the SEC tournament with 71 points in three games, including 27 in the Rebels' 64-62 quarterfinals win over the Missouri Tigers.
Henderson has begged for attention this season, not for attention's sake or to rile up the other team, but seemingly out of passion to win and enjoyment of the game. His taunts are almost always directed either toward opposing fans (see above) or, more frequently, toward the Ole Miss fans and/or nobody in particular somewhere off in the middle distance (see below).
Henderson, who has not attempted fewer than seven 3-pointers in a game since Christmas Day (Ole Miss won at Hawaii, and Henderson was 4-of-6 from deep in that game), has scored in double figures in all but one game this year. His shot selection depends solely on whether or not he has the ball and is within 28 feet of the basket, and his trolling is as endless as his range.
With Ole Miss' win Sunday, the Rebels qualified for their first NCAA tournament since 2002 and their first under seventh-year head coach Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had not won an SEC tournament since 1981.
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