Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson says he’ll return for his senior season.
It was assumed that he would, but he made his most definitive statement on the topic earlier this afternoon in a letter to Ole Miss fans posted on the school’s website.
Henderson led the SEC in scoring, 3-point field goals and free throw shooting as he helped Ole Miss reach the NCAA tournament. The 12th-seeded Rebels defeated fifth-seeded Wisconsin before falling to La Salle, a 13 seed, one win away from the Sweet 16.
Henderson became a lightning rod for criticism because of his brash off-court behavior. In the letter he talks about that behavior and repeats comments he made shortly after the Rebels’ loss to La Salle in which he talked about wanting to be leader within the program.
If he follows through and returns next season he will play a second season at the same school after high school for the first time.
It will be a guard-heavy roster for Ole Miss next season, and the Rebels need Henderson’s scoring to be a part of that.
Frontcourt starters Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner will be gone. Aaron Jones and Demarco Cox are less experienced and coming off injuries — Cox announced on his Twitter page yesterday that he was having surgery today — and newcomers will be added to the mix. The players who will have been through the grind, as players like to say, will be in the backcourt.
The Rebels need Henderson on the team. They need him to continue to play with the passion he exhibited this season but also to be a more efficient 3-point shooter.