What we learned from Henderson’s comments
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Marshall Henderson didn’t disappoint when he spoke with reporters at the NCAA tournament. The animated Ole Miss star held court in Kansas City on Thursday, dishing about his antics, the haters and his ultimate goal for March. Though his comments from the locker room didn’t contain any overt digs to SEC coaches or Gator chomps, it was still a tour de force befitting the new king of the big dance.
1. He likes to enter in style.
“What up, y’all?”
That’s how Henderson greeted the assembled reporters. Coincidentally, that was Charles Dickens’ second choice for how to begin A Tale of Two Cities.
2. He’s a Duke fan.
“I’ve been a Duke fan since my dad ever told me anything about basketball. It was all about Duke, Duke, Duke. I love the way they play.”
Can you imagine how amazing it would have been for Marshall Henderson to play for Duke? Seriously, I’m asking, because my brain just short circuited while trying to comprehend that scenario. He’d have been so hated, he’d have made Christian Laettner seem like Mr. Rogers.
3. He’s not a math fan.
Henderson was asked whether his antics are calculated.
“I guess. I don’t know. I’m not real good at math.… Other than two, plus three. I know that one well.”
4. He knows college basketball stats, sort of.
“I know [Wisconsin has] got, like, the 10th-best defense or something. But we also know that Florida and Alabama have better defenses than them. I don’t know.
In scoring defense, Florida ranks third in the NCAA, Wisconsin is 10th and Alabama is 22nd. In Henderson’s defense, he’s not “real good at math.”
5. He doesn’t read what’s written about him, unless his friends make him.
“Sometimes, my friends make me read it. They’re like, ‘Dude, look at this!’ … I don’t know. It’s pretty funny. If anything, it’s just funny. Me and a couple of my friends, two of my really good friends, Meghan and Mary Margaret, I always go over to their apartment because that’s where I can just over there and just not have to worry about anything. But they’re even pulling stuff up.”