Ole Miss Rebels standout shooting guard Marshall Henderson is reportedly expected to return to Oxford for his senior season, shunning the 2013 NBA draft.
CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel broke the news Tuesday, citing sources close to the situation.
...From sources inside the program -- I can tell you that Henderson is expected back for his senior season.
"That's 99 percent certain," one source inside the athletic department told me.
This decision does come as somewhat of a surprise in light of Henderson's comments from Kansas City last week, as documented by DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony:
Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress
Marshall Henderson "I'm trying to get paid soon because I'm tired of doing this for free. This is where you make your money, the tournament"2013-3-21 22:04:10
The mercurial junior saw his Rebels bow out 76-74 in the round of 32 to No. 13 seed La Salle after pulling off an upset over fifth-seeded Wisconsin in the team's opener. In that contest against the Badgers, Henderson was clutch, nailing five of his final eight attempts after struggling mightily in the first half.
That prompted LeBron James to chime in on Twitter during the Rebels' victory over the Badgers:
LeBron James @KingJames
Man that dude Henderson from Ol Miss got the greenest light in basketball history!! Hahaha.2013-3-22 18:17:11
In looking at the overall numbers, though, it's pretty clear that Henderson didn't do enough in the tournament to net him big money in the pros.
As much buzz as Henderson creates around the Ole Miss program, it is worth noting that he made just 14 of his 42 shots in the NCAA tournament (33.3 percent) and just seven of 27 attempts from beyond the arc.
As Doyel indicates, Henderson only has the size to play point guard in the NBA. At just 6'2" and 175 pounds, he is not nearly big or strong enough to play shooting guard at the next level.
For the 2012-13 season, Henderson jacked up nearly 11 threes per contest despite a mediocre shooting percentage overall. Henderson averaged 20.1 points per game for the Southeastern Conference tournament champions.