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Marshall Henderson loves JaVale McGee and JR Smith

marshall henderson auburn fansMarshall Henderson has been one of the most entertaining players throughout the college basketball season, so it’s no surprise that a few players he likes in the NBA are big showmen.

During a news conference Thursday a day ahead of Ole Miss’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Wisconsin, Henderson revealed that two of his favorite NBA players are notorious celebrators and knuckleheads JR Smith and JaVale McGee.

“[AAU basketball] got me into head bobbing and trash-talking kind of stuff. And my favorite players in the NBA all do that stuff, like J.R. Smith. People like that. JaVale McGee. I love those kinds of players. They can put a crowd in the arena, sell some tickets. … That’s what it’s about,” Henderson told reporters, per USA Today’s Chris Chase.

That’s what it’s all about huh. It’s not about winning championships, trying to make All-Star games or even aspiring to reach the Basketball Hall of Fame. Nope. For Marshall Henderson, it’s all about entertaining the fans. I suppose that is pretty important, though others would argue that winning and playing well are more important.

Henderson seems to be pretty awesome at entertaining fans, so long as he’s not playing against your team. He regularly taunts opposing fans, and he’s bragged about partying after games. He does make college basketball fun to follow, that’s for sure.

Henderson is also a pretty humorous dude. When asked whether his antics were calculated, he offered a tremendous response.

“I guess. I don’t know. I’m not real good at math.… Other than two, plus three. I know that one well.”

Awesome. I do hope this guy makes it into the NBA, because it seems like he can become a Gilbert Arenas type of personality.

Marshall Henderson won 10 straight games of ‘pong,’ had a great time after winning SEC tournament

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Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson had himself quite a day on Sunday, as he dropped 21 points and led the Rebels to a victory over Florida in the SEC Championship Game. He also continued to convince fans to hate him by busting out the Gator Chomp and taunting the Florida fans. It appears the fun continued after the game.

Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche tweeted the photo you see above of him and another football player hanging out with Henderson after the big win. The 22-year-old Henderson may have just been messing around and making a goofy face, but it looked like he was partying quite hard. A tweet that he sent on his own account seemed to support the latter theory.

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Marshall Henderson taunted Florida fans with Gator Chomp (Video)

Marshall Henderson gator chompMarshall Henderson is a player fans love to hate, and he plays the role to perfection.

During Sunday’s SEC tournament championship game, Henderson taunted Florida fans by doing the Gator Chomp after making a 3-pointer to put Ole Miss up 59-53. The three gave the Rebels their biggest lead of the game, and it came five minutes after Henderson made three free throws to give Ole Miss its first lead of the game.

Players know the easiest way to get Gators fans ticked at you is by doing that gesture towards the crowd. Brock Berlin was hated after he did it to Florida fans following his transfer to Miami, and now Henderson joins him in the same category. Henderson previously antagonized Auburn fans with a taunting celebration following a win in January.

Henderson is doing his best to become one of the biggest characters this March.

“I dreamed I gave them the Gator chomp. Then I woke up and said, ‘Hmmmm, gator bait,’ ” Henderson said after the game, per The Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser.

A day earlier, Henderson shared his hilarious goal for the rest of the season: “make a name for myself so I can get this money.”

Henderson had 21 points in the 66-63 win over Florida. He’ll have a chance to impress scouts Friday in the tourney against No. 5 seed Wisconsin. We’ll see if he can get that paper.

Marshall Henderson reportedly tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, leading to jail time last year

marshall henderson auburn fansMarshall Henderson has drawn attention this season for exhibiting colorful behavior and stellar skills while leading Ole Miss to success.

The junior guard is averaging 19.3 points per game and has helped the Rebels go 17-3. He received attention after taunting Auburn’s fans during a win over the Tigers last weekend, and his fiery personality was on display when he threw some ice off the court during a loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Many college basketball fans only learned of Henderson in recent months because he has bounced around during his career; Ole Miss is his fourth college. Henderson is also overcoming a troubled past.

It was commonly known that Henderson was busted for buying 57 grams of marijuana using $800 of counterfeit money while a high school senior in May 2009. He also tried exchanging $100 of counterfeit money for real money. It was also known that Henderson spent 25 days in jail last year, though the reason was not specified.

On Wednesday, USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach explained why.

According to USA Today, Henderson was ultimately charged with a misdemeanor forgery charge after giving a statement to Secret Service agents in 2010 concerning the 2009 incident. He was on deferred adjudicated probation for two years (the charge would have come off his record if he followed his probation), but he violated it on eight counts. He reportedly tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol last year and was sentenced to four months in jail. He reportedly served 25 days in jail and seven weekends on work release.

Between his legal problems and play on the court, it’s easy to see that Henderson has that wild child attitude.

Marshall Henderson throws ice at student section (Video)

marshall hendersonOle Miss guard Marshall Henderson has become known for being a controversial figure in college basketball. The junior guard from Hurst, Texas, is averaging over 19 points per game and has led the Rebels to a 17-2 record and 6-0 start in the SEC. During Tuesday’s matchup between Ole Miss and Kentucky, Henderson didn’t wait long to show his fiery side.

A piece of ice supposedly was thrown on the court by someone from the Ole Miss student section about seven minutes into the game. Henderson picked it up and fired it back at the student section.

Henderson began his career at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech, and ended up at a junior college last season. He left Texas Tech without playing a game there after Pat Knight was fired, and he led South Plains college to a 36-0 record last season.

In his first season with Ole Miss, Henderson has made headlines for his brash behavior, which included taunting Auburn’s fans after making two free throws to beat the Tigers on Saturday:

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Basketball Holy War Turns into a Fight

Max Hall famously ripped into Utah following the Holy War during football season, calling them classless and saying he hated everything about them. That sort of venom seemed to pour over into the basketball matchup on Saturday in Provo, a game that was won by BYU 82-69. The Cougars had the win in the bag in the final minute but that’s when some drama broke out. Utah freshman Marshall Henderson was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds and he threw it into Jonathan Tavernari’s face. Tavernari was upset with how hard the ball was thrown so he began to have words with Henderson. Henderson then flailed his arm in a get away from me type of motion and his hand landed on the face of Jackson Emery who did a nice flop. Check out this video from the crowd around the 1:00 mark:

The refs got things under control pretty quickly as you saw, and Henderson wound up being ejected. It’s unclear whether his motive was to strike Emery but it doesn’t matter — raising his arm like that endangered another player and he has to suffer the consequence. With another meeting between the teams coming up on March 3rd, you know there will be plenty of bad blood to go around.