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March 22, 2013

BLOG: Marshall Henderson's (somewhat) local ties

Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson has become the talk of college basketball, leading the Rebels to an SEC tournament title last week and a first-round NCAA tourney upset of Wisconsin on Friday, all while entertaining and irking fans with his brash, cocky antics.

Turns out, Henderson has some indirect ties to this area.

Thanks to the limitless knowledge of the Globe's Anvil Welch, we're reminded that Henderson's father, Willie, was college teammates with one Jeff Starkweather -- Joplin High School's athletic director -- at West Texas A&M in the 1980s.

In fact, when Welch contacted Starkweather with a question on Friday, Starweather was catching up with the elder Henderson in Kansas City, where Marshall and Ole Miss are playing at the Sprint Center.

Marshall Henderson began his college career at Utah, where he started every game as a freshman, before transferring to Texas Tech for a redshirt season.

But when Tech coach Pat Knight was fired, Henderson took his talents to nearby South Plains College, where he led the Texans to a junior college national title and was named the national player of the year.

His coach at South Plains? Steve Green, a Miami, Okla, native who helped lead the Wardogs to an undefeated season state title as a player in 1972. Green is the son of Cletus Green, a longtime area coach who led teams NEO A&M and Crowder College.

Fune, useless knowlege for your Friday night.

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