by Bill DiFilippo / @bflip33
College basketball’s most polarizing player will be back…eventually.
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson has already rejoined the Rebels after an offseason-long suspension, but at SEC Media Day yesterday, coach Andy Kennedy said that Henderson’s suspension is still a fluid situation and that the number of games that the defending SEC Player of the Year will miss is still undecided.
Henderson was suspended in July for violating team rules due to run-ins with the law that involved marijuana and cocaine. He was reinstated in late September.
“If I was a betting man — not that I am — but if I was a betting man, I would say that his lesson has been learned and he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play in the SEC,” Kennedy said Wednesday at Southeastern Conference media days.
“He’s been tremendous in his approach and the way in which he’s tried to help young guys,” Kennedy said. “I’ve really found him to be more of a leader on the floor and take some responsibility not only for himself but for those around him.
“I’ve been pleased with the way he’s responded.”
Henderson averaged 20.1 points per game last season for the defending SEC Tournament Champions, and helped lead the team to the Sweet 16.