The best way to look at this bench is not to look at it as a sign of disrespect. The players on this bench are some of the most talented Rebels in the history of Andy Kennedy led teams. Each of these players can make a case for the starting lineup. However, these are who we choose to come on the floor after the first media time out. We won’t go in-depth with all the players, but do be assured they belong somewhere on the team.
This will be the one that will draw many groans. Trust me, I understand. This was one that I wrestled with as well. No one put on a show better than Marshall. He was a maniac. However, he was our maniac. His ability to get under another team’s skin was just part of his persona. When the kid got hot on the court, he was straight fire.
Henderson owns the SEC record with 66 straight games with a made three pointer. He has a career average of 19.6 points per game for his Ole Miss basketball career. In just two years in Oxford, he managed to join the 1000 point club, while etching his name in the history book. He is easily A.K.’s most polarizing player. Of course, we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Graham was a quiet scorer but a good scorer. He is a member of the 1,000 points club. He increased his production each year. Zack was solid as a Ole Miss basketball player. He played more games in a Ole Miss basketball uniform (135) than any other player in school history.
Unfortunately, Terrico White’s story is one of what could have been. White left Ole Miss after his sophomore year. He appeared on the verge of stardom. White was SEC Freshman of the Year. According to OleMissSports.com, he finished his career 45 points shy of the 1,000 point club. Great scorer from anywhere on the floor. He took a shot at the NBA draft after two years. However, injuries cut his NBA career short. Therefore, Rebel fans are left to wonder how good that 2010-11 and 2011-12 team would have been if White had stayed.
Although he was a transfer from Auburn, Curtis made his impact as a Rebel. He was here before Kennedy but played two years under him. He average 13.7 points in the middle while grabbing 8.6 rebounds during his career. He’s a member of the 1,000 point club and the Rebels’ all-time leader in career field goal percentage at 58.4%.
I honestly have a harder choice leaving Buckner out of the starting lineup than I do Henderson. There ought to be something said for defensive warriors and garbage men. Buckner is one of the most dominant defensive presences in Ole Miss history. He’s the Rebels’ all-time leading blocker. He has a block in 120 of 132 games played. Buckner is third in rebounding and second in field goal percentage. He was the king of put-back baskets.
His defense was so dominating, he was named to three straight SEC All-Defense teams. Buckner did not nearly get all the credit he deserved for the Rebel’s success. He may have not been a high volume scorer but his plays allowed a lot of second chances for others. He needs to be appreciated.
Now the starters.