DeAndre Kane’s consistency is amazing and his contributions come from all areas.
First, this is the amazing part.
Kane’s season scoring averages as a collegian have been 15.1 points (freshman), 16.5 (sophomore), 15.1 (junior) and 15.0 (senior). The difference between his highest and lowest averages over a four-year career is 1.5 points or less than one field goal per game.
The only four-year player at Iowa State, who scored more than 1,200 career points and registered similar career scoring consistency, was Ronnie Harris. His college averages were 13.7, 13.3, 14.3 and 10.9 points.
Kane, on Monday, was named Big 12 Player-of-the-Week for his play against Northern Illinois and Texas Tech. He averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in those victories.
A week earlier, he received the same league honor after averaging 17 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting 54.1% from the field in three tourney wins in Hawaii.
Kane shows up every night. That’s the consistency, too. But, the success come in many different forms.
In his last four games, Kane has set season highs for rebounds (11 vs. Akron), points (23 vs. Boise State), assists (12 vs. Northern Illinois) and steals (4 vs. Texas Tech).
“You see so many ways you can play a guy like him,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “(When we scouted him), we knew we were getting a versatile player. He’s making winning basketball plays and that’s what you look for in your lead guard.”