By Luke Meredith
The Associated Press
AMES, Iowa — Few coaches have embraced senior transfers like Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.
He might have one of his best ones yet in former Marshall point guard DeAndre Kane.
The Cyclones will fill one of their guard positions with yet another “one and done” guard in Kane, who averaged 15.1 points and seven assists for Marshall last season and earned second-team All-Conference USA honors.
Iowa State, picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll, opens on Nov. 10 against UNC-Wilmington.
“He’ll play with the ball in his hands a lot this year,” Hoiberg said. “He’s going to have the freedom to bring the ball up the floor.”
Iowa State’s hopes for a third straight NCAA tournament bid rest largely on Kane’s ability to lead a revamped roster as both a point and shooting guard.
But Kane’s resume suggests he’ll fit in nicely with the Cyclones.
Kane, who grew up in Pittsburgh, was the Conference USA freshman of the year in 2010-11 after redshirting his first season at Marshall.
He was asked to be a scorer as a sophomore and averaged 16.5 points — including a conference tournament record 40 points in a triple-overtime win over Tulsa.
Last season the 6-foot-4 Kane doubled his assists total, tying for 11th nationally. He also joined Chaz Williams of UMass as the only players to average 15 points, four rebounds and seven assists a game.
Kane’s versatility will be crucial for the Cyclones, who lost Korie Lucious, Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee from what had been a stacked backcourt.
Lucious, Babb and McGee combined for 32.3 points a game in 2013, when Iowa State went 23-12 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.
“I’m a little reluctant to call guys your typical 1-5 positions. I like basketball players, versatile players, and DeAndre fits into that category,” Hoiberg said.