Two former college basketball players with Utah connections made a list of most hated college basketball players of all time.
Marshall Henderson and Danny Ainge appeared in this slideshow on The Sporting News website, dated Feb. 28, 2017, entitled “16 most hated college basketball players of all time.”
Henderson actually made the list for his antics when at Mississippi. He started his career at Utah but left after his freshman season when Jim Boylen wouldn’t condone indiscriminate shooting.
Henderson was cocky and obnoxious at both schools.
He came in an impressive No. 5 on the list, compiled by Bill Bender. The slideshow doesn’t cite any data, but just explains the reasoning behind his inclusion.
“Henderson was made for Twitter hate. He chucked up 3-pointers — 965 to be exact — and gave it back to fans. Like that time he flipped his jersey in front of the Auburn crowd, or that time he gave fans the bird after the tournament loss to LaSalle. Henderson dealt with off-court problems too, but never was there a dull moment when he was on the floor for the Rebels,” Bender wrote.
This one’s no surprise, either: Danny Ainge. I think most of that nomination was due to his persona as a pro. Ainge is likable as a front office staffer for the Celtics. As a college player he was cocky but effective.
Ainge made the list as a “special mention” at No. 17, along with Shane Battier, Reggie Miller, Danny Ferry and Chris Webber.
That's good company.
“Ainge’s style just annoyed everybody, especially with how easy he made that coast-to-coast layup to beat Notre Dame at the buzzer look,” the magazine said.
Still, I like that just before the legendary 1981 drive, Ainge told teammate Steve Trumbo — who hadn’t been listening during the timeout — to “just get the ball to me."