HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - It's official: Marshall basketball fans can say farewell to DeAndre Kane, whose exit from the program was announced Tuesday.
Kane, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound native from Pittsburgh, will not play his senior season for the Thundering Herd, coach Tom Herrion said.
"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 and wish him the best in his future."
Upon further confirmation with MU officials, this was Herrion's decision entirely - which means Kane got a nudge out the door, if not an outright boot.
Whatever the case, Marshall will lose one its more productive players in school history. He averaged 14.9 points, 7.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds while playing a Conference USA-leading 37.1 minutes per game during his junior season. He had eight games in which he played all 40 minutes.
His assist total was second best in the league, and he was one of two players (along with Chaz Williams, Massachusetts) to average 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
Career-wise, Kane finishes 15th on Marshall's all-time list in points (1,486), 10th in free throws made (337), 16th in 3-point goals made (111), 16th in field goals made (524), ninth in field goals attempted (1,263), eighth in assists (432) and 10th in steals (129). He was second-team All-Conference USA the last two seasons.
Kane had a reputation for being moody and difficult to deal with, and his shooting percentages (.248 on 3-pointers, .403 on all field goals) wasn't particularly good. But he carried the Herd at some points, particularly in a 105-100 triple-overtime win over Tulsa in the 2012 Conference USA tournament quarterfinals.
He scored 40 points in that contest, sitting out less than a minute out of 55 and keeping the Herd in a game in which it trailed most of the way.
With two 2012-13 nonqualifers (Ryan Taylor and Kareem Canty) and three junior-college prospects on the way, Herrion has the NCAA maximum 13 scholarship players for the 2013-14 season. (Canty counted last season.)
Still, Herrion must find somebody to fill Kane's considerable void.
"I have every confidence we have enough guys and we will figure it out," Herrion said Tuesday.
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