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DeAndre Kane

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 200
  • Birthdate: 06/10/1989
  • College: Iowa State
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • True combo guard who can play either position
  • Good size and strength
  • Great rebounder
  • Good passer
  • Improved 3-point threat

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to improve free-throw shooting
  • Older prospect -- turns 25 before the draft

 

NBA projection: Kane has been projected by some draft analysts as a second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Kane, immediately eligible after transferring from Marshall, made an immediate impact, earning numerous All-America honors and the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Award. He was one of only two players nationally to average at least 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. He also racked up seven double-doubles and scored 20 or more points 15 times. Kane was a huge reason the Cyclones advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

 

Key statistics: 17.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.8 tpg, 34.4 mpg, .483 FG, .398 3PT, .635 FT

 

Cool statistic: Kane is the only player in NCAA history to have amassed more than 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 600 assists.

 

Reminds me of: Shelvin Mack

 

What Insiders Say

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg

“He's put up numbers that you just haven't seen very often at any level. To go out there and be as versatile as DeAndre is, first of all, it makes it difficult to prepare for a kid like that because it can hurt you from all over the floor, especially when he's knocking down shots, which he's been shooting at an extremely high clip lately. The way he gets others involved, the way he can rebound the ball and start the fast break without an outlet pass, he just does so many things.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Baylor coach Scott Drew

“You can't let Kane get out there and go, because when he does, he's going to finish with 17 [points], seven [rebounds] and seven [assists]. Normally he finishes with more against us, so I'm glad he only has one year in the league, by the way.”

 

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 Iowa State's DeAndre Kane really knows how to play, according to scouts. His basketball IQ is extremely high, and he played very well this year for former NBA player (and likely future NBA coach) Fred Hoiberg. He was an honorable mention all America selection, first team all Big 12 and was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, helping the Cyclones reach the Sweet 16 with Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim.

 


Unfortunately, there are other things about Kane that are less certain. He transferred to Iowa State after spending three years at Marshall, where he played well at times but also led the nation in technical fouls. He's also, already, 24 years old, which is a little late to be getting started on your pro career. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch