The Native Flash Effect

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The SEC’s favorite villain is just getting warmed back up. Marshall Henderson can be described as many things, but we know one thing for sure; he isn’t laid back. Henderson is commonly referred to as Native Flash around the campus at Ole Miss. To further that reputation, Henderson got his head buzzed before Ole Miss’ game last Thursday night at Kansas State along with lightning bolts carved in. Some of the stuff he does, you just can’t script.

Without a doubt, Henderson is the most entertaining player in all of college basketball. Some people would say they would rather watch the likes of Jabari Parker, Julius Randall, and Andrew Wiggings, and that is understandable. But for me, when I see the Rebels have a game against whomever, I do my best to tune in.

Henderson raised a little Cain off the court this summer. He was pulled over in July and was suspected to have minimal amounts of marijuana and cocaine in his car. He was just cited for not having proof of insurance. Shortly after this event, Henderson was indefinitely suspended from the team. That was then, and this is now.

Henderson has been back on the court for five games. In all of those games except the first one where he only played 13 minutes, he has attempted more than 14 shots. He has no regard for what are considered ‘smart’ shots. He is in range once he crosses the half court line and that is what I love out of him; no fear.

He attempted 23 three-pointers against Oregon. TWENTY THREE. You gotta love it. And just yesterday, he completed one of the most improbable shots in basketball history. How often do you see this happen? Only when you are watching Mr. Henderson.

Ole Miss - Marshall Henderson bank shot off two MTSU players... nothing but net! (via BRIAN CRIDER)

Guys like Henderson don’t come along that often, and I think people are taking his talents for granted. Sure, he does a lot of antics on the court that irks some fans, but isn’t that what college is all about? Having a good time and making the most of it.

If some other college basketball players played with the same amount of passion as he does, they would be more successful. When his career is over, he is never going to look back and say I wish I would have given better effort. Now, the off-the-court issues may need some cleaning up.

As we delve into the end of non-conference matchups, start paying a little bit more attention to Henderson. His performances are something you won’t forget. And things are only going to heat up more with conference play right around the corner.

So, if you don’t have anything going on while the Rebels play, tune in and watch the one and only Native Flash. He’ll be gone before you know it.

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