Troubled Henderson makes season debut against CCU

marshallhendersonThe good news for Coastal Carolina basketball fans is they will get to see one of the top players in the nation play Saturday. The bad news is so will their Chanticleers.

Coastal plays host to Ole Miss and mercurial shooting guard Marshall Henderson, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference last season who led the Rebels on a surprise run in the NCAA Tournament.

The troubled Henderson was suspended by defending SEC champion Ole Miss for last week’s season opener against Troy and the first two SEC games. He will make his debut after three run-ins with the law during the offseason.

Henderson averaged 20.1 points per game last season and gained notoriety for his trash-talking and taunting gestures to opposing teams and crowds. CCU coach Cliff Ellis hopes for a packed HTC Center.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a better player come to the HTC Center than Marshall Henderson,” Ellis said. “We’re going to have to do a great job to contain him and we’re going to need a loud crowd.”

The Chants (1-1), who have defeated SEC member LSU and Clemson of the ACC the last two seasons, will welcome the Rebels (1-0) for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Tickets are available at the gate or www.goccusports.com.

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