Unfortunately, the star guard didn’t quite live up to the hype he created around himself.
While the 12-seeded Rebels did manage to knock off No. 5 Wisconsin in the round of 64, the team fell short against No. 13 La Salle in the third round. Had Henderson been more selective with his shots and done more to help his teammates, we’d likely be talking about Ole Miss’ chances in the Sweet 16 against Wichita State.
In the Rebels’ two contests, Henderson played 70 minutes and knocked down just 14 of his 42 shot attempts (7-of-27 on three-pointers) for 40 points. He also only dished a mere four assists and grabbed seven total rebounds during the tourney.
Had Henderson stepped up and played more like Jimmer Fredette or Steph Curry, two players he identified as having “got their money” during recent NCAA tournament appearances, he would have likely been a candidate for a top-30 selection.
However, the shoot-first guard played selfishly to a fault and even flipped off the crowd at the end of Ole Miss’ loss to the Explorers on Sunday. That is not the 6’2” SG’s only character concern.
Where will Henderson land in the 2013 draft?
We expect the Rebels star will wind up becoming a second-round pick if he declares, but he would be much better served returning to Oxford for his senior season.
If Henderson does so, he could improve on his facilitating ability and shot selection, while getting another chance to make a run during March Madness and improve his draft position in 2014.