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Marshall Henderson: Why Erratic Guard Should Return to Ole Miss

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 24:  Marshall Henderson #22 of the Mississippi Rebels reacts in the second half against the La Salle Explorers during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 24, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 26, 2013

Marshall Henderson was born for March Madness.

That's why the erratic guard should return to Ole Miss for his senior season.

Ole Miss expects Henderson to stay another year at the university, according to Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com

Let's be honest: Henderson has no place in the NBA. He's probably destined for Europe if he decides to go that route. He doesn't have the size of a shooting guard and that's what he is, plain and simple: a guard who shoots...a lot.

He's also not very efficient. Despite all of his theatrics, he shot 38 percent from the field and 35 percent from downtown. He wasn't even ranked in the top 100 in three-point percentage, and that's supposed to be his forte.

And forget about him being a point guard. He averaged 1.8 assists this season.

But, in college, Marshall Henderson is a star on and off the court.

A professional team may never put up with his erratic personality, but college basketball sure will. Especially during March Madness, when being out of control fits into the fabric of the NCAA tournament seamlessly. 

Henderson's latest theatrics involved flipping off the crowd after Ole Miss' 76-74 loss to La Salle in Kansas City. He also taunted the Auburn student section after hitting two free throws to down the Tigers on Jan. 26.

That was before he did the "Gator chomp" in Ole Miss' victory over Florida in the SEC championship game.

And THAT was before he talked trash to a fake Ryan Harrow Twitter account.

Some call him a jerk, some call him entertaining, some applaud his rebellious attitude and some simply laugh at his antics. One thing's for sure: He's made a home at Ole Miss and should relish his time with the appropriately-named Rebels for as long as possible.

Parents tell their kids once they get out of college, "You're in the real world now." Can you honestly imagine Henderson in the real world? Does such a world even exist for him?

That's my point. He's the stereotypical brash, cocky college kid who just wants to have fun...while he flips everyone off. He's having a blast at Ole Miss and he's not going to stop having a blast or flipping everyone off, no matter what.

After college, Henderson will presumably enter the real world. But, in college, this is Henderson's world.


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