Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:42

Marshall basketball senior to-be DeAndre Kane will not return for 2013-14

Written by  WOODY WOODRUM, Herd Insider Publisher

HUNTINGTON — Junior guard DeAndre Kane will not return to the Marshall men’s basketball team for his senior season, his former head coach announced on Tuesday.

“After meeting with DeAndre, I have decided it is in our program’s and his best interest that he seek opportunities elsewhere,” said Marshall coach Tom Herrion.

“We appreciate his contributions to our team and wish him the best in his future.”

Kane finishes a three-year career as one of the top players in MU history in a number of categories.

He is 15th in scoring with 1,486 points; eighth in assists with 432, despite playing most of his career as a two, or shooting, guard; ninth in field goals attempted with 1,263; tied for tenth with Russell Lee with 337 made free throws and 10th in steals with 129; and is 16th with 111 three-pointers made and 524 field goals made.

Kane appeared in 96 games at Marshall, starting 93, and averaged 34.1 minutes per game in his career.

He shot 42 percent from the floor, 28 percent from three and 59 percent from the line in his career, averaging 5.2 rebounds at guard and also had 20 blocks over three seasons.

This past season, when Kane spent most of the season at point guard when Kareem Canty was ruled ineligible, he posted the fifth-best season of assists in school history with 195.

He was eighth in the nation in assists per game with 7.1, best since Corny Jackson (7.3) was among the nation’s assist leaders in 1999-2000, and was the first MU player to have back-to-back 10+ assist games since Jackson.

This season, he became only the second Marshall player in the history of the school to post a triple-double, when he had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Hofstra on Nov. 18.

The previous year, he set a Conference USA Tournament record by scoring 40 point in a triple-overtime win over Tulsa, and led the Herd to its first C-USA Championship game and first NIT since 1988 in 2012.

He was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team in 2012, was third team All-Conference USA in 2011, was All-C-USA second team in 2012 and 2013.

He was named preseason All-Conference USA prior to the 2012-13 season, won all-tournament honors at the 2K Sports Classic All-Hempstead Regional at Hofstra and was the C-USA Player of the Week for Nov. 19.

Kane was second on the Herd in scoring in 2012-13, averaging 15.1 points per game, and besides leading the team in assists, he led in steals by 50 (11th most in a single MU season) and played 37.1 minutes per game, one of the top minutes played in the nation.

He led the team in scoring on the road, averaging 17.5 points per game in 11 away games, but the Herd’s overall record slumped to 13-19 this past season, 6-10 in C-USA.

He became the only Marshall player to have double-digit assists in at least six games, and Kane and Chaz Williams or UMass were the only players in Division I basketball to average at least 14 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists (Kane-15.1, 4.4 and 7.0; Williams-15.5, 4.2 and 7.3).

DeAndre Kane (50) will not return to Marshall for the 2013-14 season. (Brad Helton/Herd Insider)

He, Skip Henderson (1984-88) and former teammate Damier Pitts (2008-12) are the only Marshall players in the top 20 in scoring and the top 10 in assists in a career with the Herd.

Kane was originally recruited to Marshall by former coach Donnie Jones, but sat due to academics that year. He played three seasons for Herrion, and is due to graduate this summer.

Kane, who played through losing his father in the winter of the 2011-12 season, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and came to Marshall along with Hassan Whiteside from The Patterson School in North Carolina. 

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