Henderson Back for Fourth Year; Enters Ole Miss Alumni Squad into TBT 2017
By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31
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Simply put, Marshall Henderson has quickly become a TBT institution. Not only did the former Ole Miss Rebel play in the first game in tournament history as a member of TYGTAL in 2014, but he has returned every year since, most recently with a TMD squad who made the Super 16 last summer. And while it was probably never really in doubt that Henderson would return for #TBT2017, on Saturday he officially broke the news. The Rebels have their eyes set on TBT's South Region in Charlotte.
OLE MISS REBELS COMING FOR @thetournament— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) April 8, 2017
According to a tweet from Henderson, the first-ever Ole Miss alumni team will consist of a mix of some old TBT friends and fresh faces. Also members of last year's TMD squad, Henderson reports that former Ole Miss ironman and current six-year overseas veteran Chris Warren and 6-foot-9 center Aaron Jones will be back by his side this summer. After playing for his hometown Bluff City Blues (Memphis Alumni) last year, Henderson also announced that 2009 SEC Rookie of the Year Terrico White will help patrol the backcourt. After a breakout TBT 2016 in which Warren proved to be one of the best point guards in the whole tournament, he has carried that momentum over to France this season where he leads 18-8 Nanterre in points (14.4) and assists (4.3) per game. Jones has found equal success over in Bulgaria, netting 12.9 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game for Beroe. As if that was not scary enough, White is the seventh leading scorer in South Korea, dropping 22.3 points per game for the SK Knights.
And those are just the returnees.
Prospective TBT newcomers include Dwayne Curtis, Murphy Holloway and LeDarius "Snoop" White. Curtis transferred to Ole Miss for the 2005-2006 season after playing 19 games for Auburn in his freshman year. While in Oxford, the 6-foot-8 center averaged a career 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in three seasons. Consistency appears to be a staple of Curtis' game, as he is currently averaging a similar 13.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Aguada in Uruguay's Liga Americas. Helping on the glass will be Holloway, who is the Ole Miss all-time leader in rebounds, having pulled down 1,093 in his college career. The 6-foot-7 forward is the only player in SEC history to score 1,400 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and record 190 steals. White is the youngest of the three, having left the hallowed halls of The Pavillion at Ole Miss in 2015. A versatile 6-foot-6 guard who can shoot the three-ball and also finish in the lane, he is currently playing in Slovakia where he is dropping 13.6 points per game for Kosice.
Chris Warren, Marshall Henderson, Snoop White, Terrico White, Dwayne Curtis, Aaron Jones, Murphy Holloway CONFIRMED!!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) April 8, 2017
In addition to having what appears will be a stacked roster, Henderson and company are in the early running for best team name of 2017. Playing off the famous Ole Miss rallying cry, the team has entered under the name Ole Hotty Toddy. After doing a bit of research, the origin behind the term Hotty Toddy is still a mystery to most. But should the team earn one of the coveted 64 spots in this year's tournament, when they take the court no one will be beffudled as to who they represent.