From the Mother Ship, it is another big stage for Henderson and perhaps the last depending on how basketball unfolds for him from here.
I sat by an NBA scout at Tad Smith a few games ago. He did not speak highly of Henderson’s NBA chances, reaffirming what seems obvious. Height and athleticism are not in Henderson’s favor. Heart and shooting are, but NBA execs will likely favor bigger, quicker guys who can still shoot.
Henderson’s shooting percentage has been down since the Georgia game, but I suspect his percentage would be better if he was better with shot selection, and he’ll have to be better there wherever he goes from here. It’s unlikely Marshall Henderson’s light will be anywhere near as green as it’s been with Andy Kennedy for two years.
The tournament last year was Henderson’s venue to thumb his nose at the SEC coaches who chose not to put him on their first-team when All-SEC teams were announced a year ago. He averaged 23.7 points in the Rebels’ three wins and was named MVP. This, of course, guaranteed Henderson more TV time than he would otherwise have had, a nightmare scenario for the SEC.
If the Rebels are going to have a meaningful tournament run this week they need big games from Henderson again.