By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marshall Henderson says he wants to be a leader next year but in the wake of a gut-wrenching loss to end the season at the doorstep of the Sweet 16 also wavered on the idea of coming back for his senior season.
“I want to be a leader, but who am I to tell someone to do something after the problems I’ve caused,” he said. “It’s time for me to take the next step in my leadership especially being an Ole Miss senior next year.”
Henderson has also talked through the season about wanting to make money at basketball, and while he talked about the future of Ole Miss basketball, he wouldn’t be pinned down to say he’ll be part of it.
“As I’ve gotten better throughout college, I’m almost there, being a professional player,” he said.
Asked if there was any doubt he’d return, Henderson said, “I don’t know. I haven’t explored any options. I don’t even know if that’s legal. It’s a crazy world out there. You never know what might happen. I’m tired of going to school.”
Henderson, who led the SEC this season in scoring, 3-point field goals and free throw percentage, did pledge to finish this semester.
Hurting at the lines
Henderson was 4-for-15 from the 3-point line, giving him a two-game NCAA total of 7-for-27, 25.9 percent.
He got not help from his teammates from 3-point range. Nick Williams, LaDarius White, Jarvis Summers and Derrick Millinghaus all missed their only 3-point attempts.
Led by Ramon Galloway’s 6-for-10 performance – 5-for-8 in the first half – La Salle was 9-for-23 from 3-point range, 39.1 percent to the Rebels’ 21.1 percent.
Ole Miss was just 10-for-21 from the free throw line.
Player of the game
Murphy Holloway had 14 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes.
“What a great week, and what a great weekend here. We couldn’t be more proud.” – La Salle coach John Giannini