Henderson’s efficiency

As the curious career of Marshall Henderson continues I’ve beaten the drum for him to become a more consistent 3-point shooter.

Aside from a very poor performance at Kansas State when he was 2-for-13 behind the 3-point line he’s done that. Henderson is shooting 37 percent from 3 right now, up from 35 percent a year ago, which, by the way, is the national average.

Henderson was 10-for-23 against Oregon (43.5 percent), and it was interesting to hear Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy yesterday talk about Henderson’s shot selection.

Kennedy was asked how many of Henderson’s 23 shots he considered to be “bad shots.”

He responded: “Depends on what you consider a bad shot. A bad shot for a normal guy, probably 15 of them. A bad shot for Marshall, and I do this every game, a bad shot for Marshall, about six of them.”

Sometimes the phrase “volume guy” sounds like a free pass to miss shots.

Here’s how Kennedy sees Henderson as a 3-point shooter.

“He’s obviously got to take difficult shots, and he’s got a skill. He’s the best I’ve ever seen at running full speed and turning to his right hand and having the ability to make them. That’s why we run a lot of that action for him to get that way. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the out of bounds play (at the end of regulation against Oregon) on the right side of the floor, because he had to come left, and he’s not as effective that way.”

Kennedy wants to see Henderson become more efficient inside the 3-point line.

Henderson attempted 549 field goals last year, only 155 of them inside the arc. He shot 45.8 percent on 2-point attempts.

This season Henderson is 8-for-27 on 2-point shots (29.6 percent). He’s attempted 108 shots, 81 of them 3s.

The perplexing thing is he’s gone from money at the free throw line to just OK at 75.9 percent (22-for-29). He shot 88.3 percent at the free throw line last year.

“His 2-point percentage … he’s not scoring at the rate that he should, and his free throw percentage. He’s a guy that’s shooting in the mid-70s, and I’m spoiled. I think he should be in the 90s,” said Kennedy, who says attention span is hindering Henderson’s free throws.

“It’s concentration, focus. It’s nothing technical. Free throw shooting ultimately is repetition, and you have to make sure that technically you’re sound. It’s just focus and confidence and having the belief that you’re going to go up and knock down big shots. That’s what we’ll continue to emphasize.”

Henderson’s 39-point burst against Oregon has him as the Rebels’ leading scorer right now with 18.3 points a game.

Jarvis Summers is next at 15.1, followed by Derrick Millinghaus at 14.1

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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