While in high school, Henderson's father told him to do something that separates him from the pack. Those antics you see every game are just that.

 

While in high school, Henderson's father told him to do something that separates him from the pack. Those antics you see every game are just that.

 

It's true that Marshall has become known as the player that chucks up far too many threes in a game—eleven per contest, but who's counting, right? However, according to Henderson, "every team has a little white guy who can shoot threes. I'm trying to make a difference." He has a point. From taunting Florida with the "Gator chomp" to rubbing his game-winning free throws in the face of the Auburn student section, Marshall's displays can be seen as crazy or arrogant but they have also been effective in separating him from the field. After all, have you ever heard of Oakland's Travis Bader who averages more points per game (22.1) than Henderson while attempting nearly as many three-pointers per game (11.9)? Probably not because he's just another white player who can hit shots from behind the arc.  

So, is it all a calculated move on Henderson's part? It's hard to tell because those actions mostly stem from his competitive spirit. Just put yourself in his shoes. When playing away from your home court, you're getting booed for 40 minutes, fans call you countless names and you're expected not to respond, even when you crush their team's hopes of victory. It takes a lot of patience and not everyone has that type of composure. Obviously, Henderson is one of those guys. Funny thing is, people are so quick to chastise Marshall for his on-court bravado, but have any of those same people seen a streetball game?

When asked whether the villain shtick was being done on purpose, Henderson told USA Today's Chris Chase, "I guess. I don't know. I'm not real good at math...Other than two, plus three. I know that one well." A near confession by Henderson. That's the best we should expect to get out of him. Maybe he will come back for his senior season and entertain America like he did this year, but like every entertaining show, he needs to give us a cliff hanger. 

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