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While A&M’s Manziel Draws The Spotlight, UM’s Henderson “Mellowing”

Tennessee Mississippi BasketballThe 2013 offseason in college athletics will be remembered as the Age of Manziel.  Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has seemingly been everywhere doing everything over the past few months.  Taking in big-time pro games.  Mingling with celebrities and all-stars.  Throwing out first pitches.  Tweeting a few things he’d like to have back.  (Johnny Football’s last tweet is dated June 15th, by the way.)

Meanwhile, the guy who was a one-man media firestorm during the last SEC basketball season has been quiet as as church mouse.  According to teammate Aaron Jones, Marshall Henderson is “still crazy, but he’s not that crazy.”  Take it away, head coach Andy Kennedy:


“What Marshall went through last year from a basketball standpoint he learned from.  And from dealing with the media and dealing with opposing fans.  That’s all a part of maturation of young people.  I don’t have any doubt that Marshall will have learned from his experiences last year.”


He’ll have to.  As the only senior on the Rebel hoops team, Henderson will have to become more of a leader and less of a hot dog in 2013-14.  So far so good, according to teammate Demarco Cox: “He’s working harder than he did last summer, I can tell you that.  Last summer he was kinda so-so, but this summer he’s been out there putting in work with the coaches.  I think he’ll be a pretty good player this year.”

No doubt Henderson desperately wants to improve his NBA draft stock in the season ahead.  Buckling down this offseason is a good place to start.

But once the threes start flying this winter, does anyone really expect Henderson to by-pass the opportunity to woof, holler, and flick his jersey at opposing players and fans?  We shall see.

Update: NCAA officially reprimands Henderson for his actions following the loss to LaSalle in the NCAA Tournament.  (How’s that for timing?)


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