Desmond
Bane
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 215 lbs
School/Club: TCU
Status: Senior
Birthday: 06/25/1998

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Memphis Grizzlies for two future second round picks in 3-team trade with Boston and Portland

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About Desmond Bane

Desmond Bane is a strong guard with a mature game who provided leadership for a TCU team weathering heavy attrition.  A lightly regarded prep prospect who finished his senior year at Seton Catholic High School (IN), Bane nonetheless carved out a role as a true freshman in the Big XII.  Emerging as a valuable contributor in his second season under Head Coach Jamie Dixon, Bane broke through to earn All-Big XII 2nd Team honors as a junior before opting to return for his senior year. 

He averaged 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as a senior doing everything he could for the Horned Frogs to cap his career with a spot on the All-Big XII 1st Team.

  • Standing 6-foot-6 with a chiseled 215-pound frame and a 6-foot-4 wingspan length, Bane has decent size for an off guard.  He is more strong than he is shifty or explosive, but runs the floor well and plays extremely hard.
     
  • An intelligent offensive player who was thrust into more of a decision-making role as a senior than he played early in his career, Bane showed some growth as a playmaker.  Establishing himself as a dangerous set shooter with a great feel for his limitations early in his career, he settled in this season doing much of the same but also creating for others regularly out of the pick and roll as he lead TCU in points and assists per game. 
     
  • A scrappy, competitive defender who is energetic on and off the ball, Bane may not be overwhelmingly versatile, but is rock-solid on that end of the floor.

Defensive Analysis

  • A powerfully built, active defender who does not take plays off, Bane is not especially long or overly quick, but makes a consistent effort to contain the ball and get over screens.    He allowed 0.54 points per one-on-one possession [88th percentile] as he is tough at the point of attack.
     
  • Chipping in on the glass and showing nice anticipation in the passing lanes, Bane has a nose for the ball and is quick to get on the floor.  He may not be an obvious candidate to defend multiple positions but is among the most mature defenders in this year’s guard crop.

Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 All-Big 12 First Team selection.
  • Top-10 finalist for 2019-20 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
  • 2018-19 All-Big 12 Second Team pick.
  • Finished third in TCU history in points (1,784), first in three-pointers (249) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (43.3).
  • TCU’s all-time leader in wins (84) and games played (141).

Senior (2019-20)

  • Only player to rank in the top 10 in the Big 12 in points (16.6 ppg – second), rebounds (6.4 rpg – 10th) and assists (3.9 apg – sixth).
  • Led the Big 12 in both three-pointers per game (2.9) and threepoint shooting percentage (44.2).
  • Posted 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists at Iowa State (Feb. 25).
  • Tallied a career-high 10 assists in a win over No. 17 West Virginia (Feb. 22).
  • Scored 23 points in a win over No. 2 Baylor (Feb. 29).
  • Made at least five threes seven times, including a career-best seven vs. Louisiana (Nov. 12).

Strengths

  • High-level shooter with a strong body.
  • Has a very solid feel for the game.
  • Much-improved ball handler and passer.
  • Smart positional and team defender.

Personal

  • His uncle Tony Bane is his guardian. Raised by his great grandparents Bob and Fabbie Bane.
  • Excelled at baseball before focusing more on basketball. Favorite team is the New York Yankees.

Quotable
“I am so glad Desmond is a senior [and will be leaving TCU]. I love cheering for him when we’re not playing [against] him. He is a hard worker and a great kid, and he deserves all the success he has had. … He is a monster. What makes him so good is he is so efficient.”
-Baylor coach Scott Drew