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December 31, 2013

Kane has ISU rolling

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has a knack for identifying unique talent and building teams around it.

Hoiberg landed one of nation’s most unorthodox point guards this offseason in senior transfer DeAndre Kane, who has proven to be a perfect fit for the unbeaten Cyclones.

Kane has played like a star in his lone season for No. 13 Iowa State (11-0), which is off to its best start in school history heading into Tuesday’s non-conference finale against Northern Illinois. Kane, a 6-foot-4 native of Pittsburgh, is second among Big 12 players with 5.5 assists per game and 11th in scoring at 14.9 points a game.

But Kane is also eighth in the league in rebounding (7.5), and he, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson and Utah’s Delon Wright are the only players averaging at least 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists a game.

“He’s fast. He’s crafty. He’s quick. He’s got great size for a point guard, and he can play off the ball as well. But the biggest thing with DeAndre is you can put him in spots to use his playmaking skills if you space the floor properly,” Hoiberg said.

It’s not much of a shock to see Kane become a key piece for the Cyclones after he averaged 15.1 points and seven assists for Marshall a year ago.

What’s been surprising is how easy Kane has made it look so far.

Kane had no problem dominating in Conference USA. He was the freshman of the year in 2010-11 for Marshall, earned second-team all-league honors in each of the next two seasons and finished 2013 as one of just two active players with at least 15 points a game in three straight seasons.

Kane also left Marshall with a degree, year of eligibility and a waiver to play elsewhere. Iowa State needed a point guard to replace Korie Lucious, and Hoiberg’s success with the likes of Royce White, Chris Allen and Will Clyburn helped him land Kane.

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