Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Marshall Henderson

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Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy) Well folks, it is time to raise your glasses because the tournament has officially begun! Every year, it seems as if there is one special player in college basketball that all of America has its eye on.  Most of the time it turns into a nationwide love-fest, but in terms of this years "special player", that really hasn't  been the case. This year in the SEC, the team that took everyone by surprise was the Ole Miss Runnin' Rebels and their electrifying junior guard, Marshall Henderson.  In his first year at Ole Miss, Henderson has taken the NCAA by storm with his colorful behavior and clutch shooting from anywhere on the court.  After transferring from Utah to Texas Tech, and spending some time behind bars, Henderson found himself in junior college last year where he won a national title. Not bad for an ex-con. Now that he suits up the Rebel red and blue, he has been on display for the whole world to see, and some people are not a fan. When #22 hits the court, he plays with 110% enthusiasm, excitement and emotion. His tongue comes out after a jump shot, the 3 goggles come on after a clutch tré, and he runs around the court screaming like a madman when a game-tying shot falls through the net.  Most people can't stand when a player carries on like Henderson does. They say it is unprofessional and juvenile. For the most part, I agree with the consensus, but not this time. Marshall Henderson is by far the most exciting and fun player to watch in all of college basketball because of two reasons. One, he is one of the best perimeter shooters in all of the NCAA, and everyone loves a good 3-point shooter. Two, you never know what he is going to do next. The "experts" and fans love when a player is predictable, and Henderson is in no way predictable. He is Jalen Rose meets Jimmer Fredette with a little Kevin Garnett mixed in to top it off. Henderson flies by the seat of his pants and I absolutely love it. Whether it is beating Vanderbilt on a last second shot or taunting the Auburn  faithful after sending the game to OT, Marshall Henderson is the kind of spark plug that I love, and is great for college basketball. As many fans and players dislike him, there are just as many people that love him because of the energy that he brings to the hardwood every night! So as you get ready to watch Bo Ryan and his hungry Badgers take on those Runnin' Rebels tomorrow afternoon, remember that it won't be an easy day for Wisconsin. It might be the time for an Ole Miss upset with the untouchable Marshall Henderson leading the way. I encourage you to let me know your opinion, but love him or hate him, you have to admit that he sure is fun to watch.