It’s all or none when you’re coaching Marshall Henderson, says Andy Kennedy.
To be too restrictive of Henderson on the floor would risk the reward he could bring to the program. That’s why Kennedy had no problem with how quickly Henderson launched a 3 with a loose ball after a missed free throw or with Henderson firing one up with a defender closing in home.
Both buckets came in the Rebels’ 88-74 overtime win over LSU, the first helping Ole Miss pull away in the extra period, the latter resulting in a four-point play before that.
Kennedy and the administration have worked to curtail Henderson’s behavior more off the court than on it. So far that’s worked, but there’s a lot of season to be played.
Henderson, though starting slowly like most of his teammates against LSU, turned out to be really on top of his game leading you to wonder what a difference he could have made in Starkville.
Henderson, while not happy to miss the first two SEC games, did say he considered it a learning experience to pause and observe the team rather than be an active participant.
Saturday at South Carolina Henderson will face an SEC road crowd for the first time this season, and it comes at a place where he really didn’t play well last year in a one-point Ole Miss loss.
The Rebels will have a great chance to reverse last year’s South Carolina loss if they get the type of games from Henderson and freshman forward Sebastian Saiz that they got Wednesday night against LSU.