Tournament’s lightning rod Marshall Henderson getting attention from LeBron James, Charles Barkley

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

Maybe Marshall Henderson is getting exactly what he wants with his antics.

Whether he's pounding his chest after big shots, doing the rooster as he runs down court, shouting at fans, cutting short press conferences, posing for a picture in handcuffs with a police officer or telling us all how little he cares about what we think in interviews.

People can't stop talking about the Ole Miss guard. Even LeBron James took to Twitter today to share his thoughts on Henderson's performance in an NCAA tournament victory over Wisconsin.

Henderson was understandably giddy with the attention from the best basketball player in the world. He was ALL-CAPS excited by it.

The CBS/TNT studio crew spent considerable time discussing Henderson after he led the Rebels to one of numerous upsets from the first two days of the tournament.

Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Greg Anthony said they would like playing against a player with Henderson's flair and passion for the game.

"Oh, love that," Smith said. "No question. I mean, that would get my juices going playing against a guy who thinks he can get his juices going by talking. That would definitely incite me to play."

Smith said sooner or later Handerson will cross paths with a similar personality who will feed of his fire. If so, it's something we can all look forward to. It hasn't really happened much this season, an opponent trading dagger for dagger with Henderson.

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"I applaud what he's doing in the fact that he's helped his team get to the NCAA tournament obviously and led the conference in scoring, but he will get a great player going as well," Smith said "He will get their juices flowing just the way he gets his own."

Henderson started the game cold, making one of his first 11 shots, but he rebounded in the second half and finished the game as the leading scorer with 19 points on 6-for-21 shooting. Members of the studio crew weren't the only famous faces chiming in on Henderson's performance.

"He is the epitome of what confidence is because a lot of really good players in college if they go 1-for-11 in the first half, they're not looking for the basketball in the second half," Anthony said of Henderson. "They're not going to be nearly as aggressive to still score the basketball. It also speaks to the job of coaching Andy Kennedy has done with this group because this team rallies around him. You saw the energy level of that team pick up when he hit his first three in the second half. It told them they could win the game. And that's the kind of success they've had all season. The guy is polarizing out on the floor, but I love watching him compete every time he takes the court."

Barkley did an impromptu impersonation of Henderson doing the rooster.

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"I have never had a problem with a guy having supreme confidence," Barkley said. "...Some guys fold under the spotlight when things aren't going good. I agree with Lebron, too. He's got the greenest light in the world, but he has to back it up. He didn't back it up in the first half, backed it up in the second half."

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