By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Marshall Henderson says he will return for his senior season at Ole Miss.
The Rebels’ flamboyant shooting guard, the transfer with a troubled past, would not be pinned down on the question of his future plans in the minutes following a 76-74 loss to La Salle in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
On Wednesday the school posted a letter signed by Henderson to its website.
In the letter Henderson references the brash behavior that made him a lightning rod for criticism but also made him the most sought-after interview in two days of NCAA tournament games in Kansas City.
“I play the game with a lot of passion, and sometimes that passion boils over. I take responsibility for my actions this season and apologize to anyone I offended. However, my edge on the court has made me the player that I am. I can’t change that, but I do understand that I can take things too far,” the letter states.
“I have come to understand this year that I represent this team and this university, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard than people in the stands, because I am a student-athlete at Ole Miss.”
If Henderson follows through and returns he will play a second season for the same team after high school for the first time. He began his college career at Utah and also had stops at Texas Tech and South Plains College, a two-year school near Lubbock.
Henderson led the SEC in scoring (20.1 ppg), 3-point field goals (3.8 per game) and free throw shooting (88.3 percent).
His absence from the coaches All-SEC first team left many to speculate that his behavior impacted voting.
Henderson did make the second team.
Below is from olemisssports.com:
The following is a letter from Ole Miss junior Marshall Henderson to the Rebel family:
First, I would like to thank the Ole Miss fans for their support this season. It was a lot of fun even though we didn’t make it to the Sweet Sixteen in L.A. It was our goal this season to get Reggie, Murph and Nick to the Big Dance and we did that. It is my goal to make next season even better.
With only nine hours left to earn my degree, I want to help build this program and that means I need to be a leader for my teammates both on and off the court. The spotlight on the court means my actions affect more than just me, and I need to show my teammates that I can be a leader for this team.