The most electric player to ball in Oxford is back in town. Ole Miss basketball announced on Tuesday night that Marshall Henderson is joining Kermit Davis’ staff. He will be a graduate assistant, which makes the Rebels’ manager team pretty damn good.
Henderson shot the lights out of the gym and made the most threes in program history, knocking down 138 as a junior and 129 as a senior. He earned All-SEC honors in both years and led Ole Miss to an SEC Tournament title in 2013 and earned the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001. The UNLV and South Plains Junior College transfer played only two years with the Rebels but became an instant legend with his unlimited range, ferocious tenacity and electric antics.
“Of course, I am thrilled to be back in Oxford. The people here have been more than wonderful to me for a long time,” Henderson said. “Anything I can do to help the basketball team continue their success, I will do to the fullest of my ability. I am very excited about getting a master’s degree. When I was an undergrad academically, I wasn’t as focused as I needed to be, and this position gives me a path to make peace with myself on that front.”
The Hurst, Texas native finished the 2013 season with an NCAA record 394 attempts (!!) from downtown and hit 138 of them. He was named SEC Player of the Year by CBS Sports by averaging 20.1 points per game, scored 21 points to beat Florida 66-63 in the SEC Tournament championship game, and led scorers when the No. 12 seed Ole Miss upset No. 5 Wisconsin in the second round of March Madness. As a senior in 2014, Henderson stayed hot, hit 129 triples and set an SEC-record with 10 three-pointers against Oregon.
After graduation, the Landshark luminary started on the Sacramento Kings’ D League team during the 2015-16 season and played oversees in China, Italy, Iraq and Qatar. Once he hung up his sneaks, Henderson began his coaching career at Birdville High School in Texas in 2018 and coached at Thomas University, an NAIA school in Georgia, in 2019. He will return to Oxford under Davis and is sure to provide a spark of energy to what is slated to be a very talented and successful Ole Miss team during the 2020/2021 season.
“We love having our former players back to Ole Miss to pursue their master’s degree and further their coaching careers. We are excited to have Marshall back with Ole Miss Basketball and join our program as a graduate manager,” Davis said. “In talks with Marshall, you can tell his great passion for basketball and working with young people.”
What Rebel and college basketball fans alike might remember most about Henderson was his infamous jersey pop after hitting the game winning free throws against Auburn.
We can’t wait for him to travel to the Plains in 2020. Hopefully fans will be allowed in the arena and the man in the sweater still holds his season tickets.