We all seem to have those phases in life where we try to be someone we’re not.

Consider that phase over for Marshall Henderson. The Ole Miss hothead made a name for himself last season with his flamboyant behavior taunting fans and opponents alike. Henderson’s turbulent offseason filled with off-the-court trouble (he had multiple run-ins with the law) led to a three-game suspension, including two SEC games. Wednesday night was the senior sharpshooter’s first conference game after sitting and behaving.

Henderson’s return to the court was emphatic as he scored 25 points (19 after halftime) and dished out a career-high seven assists in Ole Miss’ 88-74 overtime victory over LSU. And rest assured, Marshall was being Marshall.

After the game, he said the time away helped him realize something.

“I was sitting there and thinking about it, watching those games,” Henderson said via The Clarion-Ledger. “I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore. I can’t be calm.’ It’s hurting me, which is weird. I can’t do it anymore. I’m sorry. I’m going back to being me, because we need it.

“Sitting out at the beginning, it was a lot different than these two games. Coach (Andy Kennedy) was telling me to watch the games when I’m out and learn from it. At the beginning of the season, I really didn’t know what to look for. The last two games, I knew what to look for in our team and what we’ve been doing wrong. He said, ‘Watch, you’re going to see it. All you guys think I’m dumb and don’t know what I’m talking about, but just watch and you’re going to see it.’ So I was able to learn a little bit just by watching that. I was kinda grateful in that respect, but watching the State game and even the Auburn game I was over there pulling my hair out and just ready to get back out there. It felt good to get back out there.”