Dammit, I’m going to shoe-horn in the bad puns while I still can.
The formality that was supposed to be DeAndre Kane’s transfer to Pitt for as a graduate transfer, now is not.
However, the 6-foot-4 guard, a Pittsburgh native, did not wind up pulling the trigger, whether it was due to the fact that Panthers coach Jamie Dixon was non-committal about taking him at the time, or whether Kane just wasn’t enamored with the visit.
Now Kane told CBSSports.com that he is still open, with both Pittsburgh still under consideration and Memphis also in pursuit.
From my own perspective, I’m not exactly broken up by the possibility that Kane may not be coming to Pitt.
The thing everyone wants to know is why. Did Kane not hear the sweet nothings of assurances of how much he will be featured? Was it that Dixon started to review what went down in Huntington, WV and get a little nervous. Did Memphis make a really strong push that made Kane reconsider? Some of this? All of this? None of this?
The one thing that doesn’t add up with Memphis are the minutes. Memphis has a deep and experienced backcourt in place for the upcoming season. Kane would not be a lock to average big minutes with the Tigers. Pitt has bodies in the backcourt but not a lot of experience. Especially with J.J. Moore’s ever-impending departure. Kane seems a lock to get more minutes at Pitt compared to Memphis. That is unless Pitt is the one that started having second thoughts about Kane rather than the other way around.
It is somewhat amusing that the first school he visited and rejected was USC. Now his top two choices are playing for two coaches that got nice salary raises and extensions from USC’s interest in Josh Pastner and Jamie Dixon. And the circle of life continues.