Marshall Henderson hurt not only Tennessee’s SEC record when he scored 32 points in his first conference game. He hurt the Vols’ feelings too.
Henderson has had his best games on the SEC road, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and he’s certainly drawn the attention of opponents and opposing fans a like.
Tennessee players have been vocal in their displeasure with Henderson’s personality when Ole Miss won 92-74 at Thompson-Boling Arena two weeks ago. Now Henderson has become a Vols story line as they prepare to visit Ole Miss Thursday night.
Henderson is certainly a different bird. It seems to me that he most often channels his comments to himself, his teammates or Ole Miss fans.
There’s a lot that goes on on the court that we don’t necessarily here, though. It’s easy to think that words are exchanged, but that kind of thing isn’t limited to Henderson.
It’s hard to imagine Henderson as a quiet player, but teammate Aaron Jones says that’s how Henderson was when he first met him.
“He was quiet. I was like, ‘He was juco player of the year? I could be that then.’ Then he started lighting it up.”
And then he started talking.
Jones: “If you know Marshall like we know him, he’s a fun guy to be around, but if I’m playing against him, I’d hate Marshall. He talks so much. If he misses a shot, he’s still talking like he made it. It just makes you want to fight him sometimes.”
Henderson comes across as smart enough to know where the line is and smart enough not to cross it. That doesn’t mean he won’t be drawn across it sometimes, and that’s something he’ll have to continually guard against.
As Tennessee player point out in the linked story, the best way to shut up Henderson is to stop him from scoring.
That’s something they never were able to do in Knoxville.