HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall men's basketball career of DeAndre Kane -- which included three all-Conference USA selections -- is over.Marshall Coach Tom Herrion released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that Kane, his second leading scorer and team leader in assists this past season, would not return to the program."After meeting with DeAndre, I have decided it is in our program's and his best interest that he seek opportunities elsewhere," Herrion said. "We appreciate his contributions to our team and wish him the best in his future."The release added that Herrion would have no further comment on Kane's departure.
Kane had mentioned after Marshall's opening-round loss to Tulane in March's C-USA tournament that he would talk with coaches and family in the offseason to determine his future. He was on track to graduate in May and have one year of eligibility left, meaning he could transfer immediately as a graduate student or turn pro. But nothing official had since come from Kane on his plans.He ends his Marshall career ranked 15th in school history with 1,496 career points and eighth in career assists with 432. Skip Henderson and Damier Pitts are the only other two Marshall players to finish in the top 20 in points and top 10 in assists.Kane impacted the Thundering Herd from his first season on the floor. After sitting a year as a partial academic qualifier out of The Patterson School, he was named C-USA's freshman of the year and made the all-conference third team after averaging 15.1 points per game.He followed that with an all-C-USA second team performance as a sophomore, averaging 16.5 points per game, third-best in the league. He also scored a conference tournament record 40 points in a triple-overtime quarterfinal win over Tulsa.He entered his junior year preseason first team all-conference, and found himself changing roles early in that season. After the NCAA ruled freshman point guard Kareem Canty academically ineligible, Kane took over most of the ball-handling duties. He responded by averaging 6.96 assists per game, the second-best mark in C-USA behind East Carolina's Miguel Paul and 11th best in Division I. He also averaged 15.1 points, second to Elijah Pittman's 16.1-point average.Kane missed four games in the middle of the season with a broken hand, returning to the lineup about a minute into Marshall's loss to Ohio. The Herd struggled to a 13-19 record in 2012-13, including lopsided losses at Kentucky (82-54), at Ohio (94-57) and at Southern Mississippi (102-46).Kane's exit gets added to the exits of senior forwards Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff and senior center Nigel Spikes. All four started at least 10 games for the Herd this season. Sophomore guard Chris Martin also transferred this offseason.Pittman and third-leading scorer D.D. Scarver will return, and Kane's departure likely keeps Scarver in the starting lineup to team in the backcourt with Canty. The team also will welcome forward Ryan Taylor, who sat last season as an academic non-qualifier, as well as junior college signees Shawn Smith, a guard from City College of San Francisco, Justin Edmonds, a guard from Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, and Cheikh Sane, a power forward from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org
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