When DeAndre Kane announced his intentions to transfer from Marshall to Iowa State back in May he instantly gave Fred Hoiberg and the Cyclones something they were looking for, an experienced player on the perimeter to go along with posts Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang.
Kane was a point guard for the Thundering Herd, dishing out 7.0 assists per game to rank 11th nationally in that category. He will likely spend time at both the point and off guard this season, though in Hoiberg’s offense the traditional positions don’t really matter as The Mayor prefers versatile players more than guys that are locked into one spot.
Kane will likely be that guy.
Kane has scored nearly 1,500 career points (1,496 to be exact) and along with Ejim (1,038) makes Iowa State one of seven schools nationally (of over 320!) to enter the season with two 1,000-point scorers. Among the power conferences, ISU is one of three teams nationally (DePaul, Oregon State).
Kane also averaged 5.2 rebounds and is one of just two players in the nation to average at least 15 points per game in his first three seasons (Antoine Mason, Niagara).
On media day, Kane talked in depth about his desire to win being far more important than the stats he puts up. That’s important as I’m pretty sure that is what matters most to Ejim and Niang as well.
Talk about a great way to build a team if you are Hoiberg, three guys that can score, but at the end of the day just want to win.
Division I Teams With Two 1,000-Point Scorers Entering Season
DePaul – Cleveland Melvin (1,458) & Brandon Young (1,378)
Iowa State – DeAndre Kane (1,496) & Melvin Ejim (1,038)
Drexel – Chris Fouch (1,194) & Frantz Massenat (1,122)
Elon – Jack Isenbarger (1,178) & Lucas Troutman (1,136)
Utah Valley – Ben Aird (1,156) & Holton Hunsaker (1,100)
Oregon State – Devon Collier (1,086) & Roberto Nelson (1,082)
North Dakota State – Taylor Braun (1,087) & Marshall Bjorklund (1,004)