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Kane says he's going to Pitt

MU hoops
May. 09, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dre Kane wanted to play for his hometown Pitt Panthers coming out of Schenley High School, but his academic shortcomings prevented it.

Five years later, Kane appears headed to the University of Pittsburgh after all.

The Marshall University men's basketball star told CBSSports.com that he will commit to head coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers this weekend on a visit and play his final season for the Panthers.

Kane's original contact with Pitt as a high school player was through Marshall head coach Tom Herrion, who was part of Dixon's staff from 2007 to 2010.

Marshall announced April 23 that Kane will not return for his senior season.

Kane visited USC last weekend and also considered St. Mary's, but said the chance to play at home and in the Atlantic Coast Conference was too much to pass up. Pitt is moving from the Big East Conference to the ACC next season.

"It's a perfect situation for me," Kane told CBSSports.com reporter Jeff Goodman.

The report said Kane has two classes to finish before he can graduate and play for Pitt this season. He would join the Panthers under the graduate transfer rule with immediate eligibility.

Kane, 23, played three seasons at Marshall after sitting out 2009-10 as a partial academic qualifier coming off a prep year at The Patterson School in North Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard shared the Marshall most outstanding player award after last season with forward Elijah Pittman. He took over point guard duties last season and was Marshall's second-leading scorer (15.1) and was second in Conference USA for assists (11th nationally) with 7.0 per game.

He was a repeat selection on the All-CUSA second team as a junior after receiving third-team recognition and the C-USA Freshman of the Year award in 2011.

Kane left as Marshall's all-time 15th leading scorer (1,496), eighth in career assists (432), ninth in field goal attempts (1,263) and 10th in steals (129). Skip Henderson (1984-88) and Damier Pitts (2008-12) are the only other two players in the career Top 20 for scoring and Top 10 for assists.

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