May 9, 2013

Tepid on Kane

Filed under: Basketball,Recruiting,Transfer — Chas @ 7:17 am

It’s not that I hate that DeAndre Kane is transferring to Pitt. Afterall, he is intending to be a graduate transfer so it is a one-year deal. Meaning he isn’t tying up the scholarship beyond 2013-14. That is assuming he passes the two courses he has to take, but why worry about academics with Kane. I mean he only needed an extra year of prep school and still wasn’t able to be academically eligible at Marshall (!?) as a freshman. How could anyone be worried?

Well, there are chemistry/personality issues.

It’s just a hunch, but I reckon Kane didn’t receive a letter of recommendation from Herrion after last month’s falling out.

Just in case you felt the statement from Tom Herrion on Kane leaving was nebulous.

Marshall coach Tom Herrion cut loose DeAndre Kane because he was tired of his act.

Now, just because he and Herrion clashed is not enough to say he’s a big risk. Herrion, himself, can be quite prickly. Especially when the team struggles. And Marshall was a big disappointment last year.

Kane will have something to prove with Pitt.

He’d likely see significant playing time — if not start — right away. And he’d join a Panthers team headed into its first season in the ACC, which is becoming the hands-down best basketball conference in America. It’s miles ahead of either the old or new iteration of Conference USA, so if he wants a professional career, he’ll be trying to prove it among the best hoops talent in the nation.

One of the issues with Kane is that he was a little too eager at times to score by himself — that he always needed the ball in his hand. As many assists as he dished (7.0/gm), he also lost it a lot (4.2 turnovers/gm). And then there are the other holes in his game.

He shot only 24.8 percent from 3-point range and 52.1 percent on free throws this past season but scored in double figures in 20 of 28 games, with seven games of 20 points or more and a season-high 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Hofstra.

My god, that’s Trey Zeigler music.

2012-13 PITT 15.5 1.8-4.1 .444 0.0-0.1 .000 0.8-1.6 .490 2.0 1.2 0.3 0.3 1.7 1.1 4.4
2011-12 CMU 31.8 6.2-13.5 .462 0.3-1.2 .289 3.0-6.1 .495 6.7 2.5 0.7 1.1 2.5 2.6 15.8
2010-11 CMU 34.4 6.2-15.6 .395 0.8-2.5 .329 3.2-5.6 .566 5.4 2.1 0.9 1.4 2.7 3.3 16.3

And Kane:

2012-13 MRSH 37.1 5.5-13.6 .403 1.1-4.5 .248 3.1-5.9 .521 4.4 7.0 0.2 1.8 2.7 4.2 15.1
2011-12 MRSH 34.0 5.9-14.3 .414 0.9-3.6 .250 3.7-6.2 .599 5.4 3.5 0.3 1.4 3.2 3.0 16.5
2010-11 MRSH 31.6 5.0-11.7 .428 1.4-4.5 .318 3.6-5.8 .633 5.6 3.4 0.1 0.9 2.9 3.4 15.1

I don’t see a huge upgrade in terms of Trey Zeigler to DeAndre Kane when you look at Zeigler’s numbers at Central Michigan and Kane’s at Marshall.

Fear inducing at the free throw line — especially for a wing guard. Lousy from outside the arc. Kane has better assists numbers, but also higher turnover figures.

Zeigler struggled at Pitt in two ways. He was overmatched by the rise in talent faced every night. He did not find his openings to attack the basket, on which his game depended. The other was that he just did not fit with the rest of the team. He was not comfortable on the perimeter moving the ball around. If he wasn’t heading north-south, he was useless.

In this respect, the bullishness of Kane might be a good thing. He wants to attack. He may do some selfish things with the ball, but maybe Pitt needs a little of that — with respect towards driving to the basket. Provided Kane is able to handle the upgrade in competition.

I understand that in many respects, Pitt and Dixon have to take this chance on Kane. And the local kid comes home storyline is appealing as hell. But make no mistake. This is not a risk-free situation. (And if it does, you know damn well I will go with “The Kane Mutiny” as a post headline.)

Kane had 40 in a 3OT CUSA Quarterfinal game that they won. Its hard for me to imagine putting any current Pitt player in a Marshall uniform and watching him score 40 against a CUSA opponent, even if given “free reign.” Maybe Durand Johnson if he hit 7 or 8 3’s. Kane, when he’s on, can really score. When he’s good, he’s real good. When he’s bad, he’s real bad. I’ll take that though. If he’s having a bad night, put in someone else.

Comment by SMF 05.14.13 @ 2:16 pm

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