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.