CBS writer Jon Rothstein coined the phrase “Kane Is Able” earlier this year when referencing DeAndre Kane. Through the first three weeks of the season, I think Cyclone fans would certainly agree.
The Pittsburgh, Pa. native is the epitome of a stat-sheet stuffer. Kane does it all. On so many occasions already this season he has grabbed a defensive rebound, sprinted down the court for either a basket of his own or a perfectly timed pass that leads to a bucket from a teammate.
Last season at Marshall, Kane was one of just two players nationally to average 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists (Chaz Williams, UMass).
This season, and yes I know it is early, Kane is averaging 16.4 points, 8.4 boards and 4.8 assists. Since assists started being kept in 1973-74, no player in school history has ever averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
He’s doing all of this in just 27 minutes per game, a number that will surely increase.
What’s more impressive, perhaps, is his efficiency on the offensive end. If there was one question about Kane’s game when he arrived at Iowa State it was probably his shooting. He entered this season as a career 41.5 percent shooter and just a 27.5 percent three-point shooter.
This season, Kane is shooting a ridiculous 61.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. At the free-throw line he’s improved to 71.4 percent, which is greatly up from his career 58.8 percent average.
The Cyclones are a bit undersized, but a team of very good and capable rebounders. Kane, along with Melvin Ejim and Dustin Hogue, rebound well above their listed heights. It is Kane’s ability to rebound and go that makes ISU so tough in transition.
I don’t know if his numbers will dip as the season progresses, but I really wouldn’t expect them to very much. Much like Jake Knott and A.J. Klein were ball hawks on the football field last year, Kane seems to find himself around the ball all the time as well.
Really good players do that. DeAndre Kane is a really good basketball player.
Earlier this season, Kane was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List. Tweet often about Kane and use the hashtag #CousyAward to keep his name out there, though I’m sure his play will do just that.