2,000-700-600: These numbers speak for themselves

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DeAndre Kane enters the Big 12 Tournament as a one-of-a-kind player, at least statistically. He recently surpassed 2,000 career points, 700 career rebounds and 600 career assists.

Big deal, you suggest.

Well, no one has ever reached each of those career figures (at least back through the 1997-98 season) as a Division 1 men’s basketball player.

The toughest category to reach is 600 career assists (only about a hundred players have done that dating back to ’97-98). More than 500 players all time, however, have scored at least 2,000 points.

Among the players with at least 600 career assists (dating back 15 years), these are the players who were the closest to the 2,000-700-600 club:

  • D.J. Cooper of Ohio (2010-13) – 80 rebounds short
  • Nate Wolters of South Dakota State (2010-13) – 99 rebounds short
  • Greivis Vasquez of Maryland (2007-10) – 53 rebounds short

Among active players (in addition to Kane), Chaz Williams, who played at Hofstra before transferring to UMass, has 1,936 points, 524 rebounds and 825 assists. Williams still needs nearly 180 rebounds, and at 5-foot-9, that is an unlikely target for the senior.

A couple of current NBA players – Jameer Nelson (St. Joe’s) and Kirk Hinrich (Kansas) – were somewhat close to the 2,000-700-600 trifecta.

Nelson, the 2004 Wooden Award winner, finished 119 boards shy. Hinrich is probably the closest among former Big 12 players, but he needed another 247 points and 168 rebounds.

Kane has an unique ability to contribute in whatever way his team needs on a particular evening. He has been his team’s top scorer 10 times, top rebounder 6 times and top assister 17 times this season.

Judging by his career totals to date, he’s been contributing across-the-board since he began playing college hoops. What we’re watching is pretty significant historically and the Cyclones, for 1 year, have been the major beneficiary.

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One thought on “2,000-700-600: These numbers speak for themselves

  1. Great stuff, Steve! Thanks for digging out these stats for us and confirming what we fans already sensed — that:
    1) We’re witnessing remarkable performances by two outstanding players in DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim, whose career college basketball stats rank them among the best ever to play the game, not only at Iowa State and in the Big 12 but nationally as well;
    2) In Georges Niang, Monte Morris, Naz Long, Kevin Hogue, Matt Thomas and a number of others, the basketball talent pool at Iowa State is deepening and ready to assume the scoring, rebounding and assist responsibilities of Ejim and Kane next year when they’re playing pro ball, and
    3) Fred Hoiberg is a heckuva judge of basketball talent, character and all the personal qualities that make outstanding basketball players and teams.

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