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Kane leaves Marshall

MU hoops
Apr. 24, 2013 @ 12:37 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University men's basketball head coach Tom Herrion met with one of his star players and decided it was time for them to go their separate ways.

Junior guard Dre Kane won't be with the Thundering Herd for his senior season.

"After meeting with DeAndre, I have decided it is in our program's and his best interest that he seek opportunities elsewhere," Herrion said Tuesday in a news release. "We appreciate his contributions to our team and wish him the best in his future."

Herrion said he would have no additional comment.

Kane, 23, has the options of turning pro or using the fifth-year transfer rule to play next season at another school. He is reportedly going to graduate in summer school.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Pittsburgh, Pa., was recruited by former Marshall head coach Donnie Jones and missed the 2009-10 season as a partial academic qualifier. He played three seasons for Herrion.

Kane leaves 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.

Kane moved over to the point guard position as a junior after the NCAA ruled freshman Kareem Canty academically ineligible. He was Marshall's second-leading scorer (15.1) and was second in Conference USA for assists (11th in the nation) with 7.0 per game. His 195 assists represented the fifth-best season in Herd history.

He was the C-USA Freshman of the Year and a third team all-conference selection in the 2010-11 season and was named to the All-CUSA second team in 2011-12. He repeated on the all-conference second team as a junior, joining Markel Humphrey (2005-09) as the school's only three-time All-CUSA selections.

Marshall has now lost five members of a team that finished 13-19 in 2012-13.

Big men Dennis Tinnon, Nigel Spikes and Rob Goff were seniors who exhausted their eligibility. Sophomore guard Chris Martin is leaving after the spring semester and will reportedly transfer to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md.

Forward Elijah Pittman (16.1 ppg) and wing guard D.D. Scarver (11.9) are expected back next season along with forward Jamir Hanner, guard Tamron Manning, center J.P. Kambola, guard DeVince Boykins and center Yous Mbao.

Ohio University transfer forward TyQuane Goard should be ready after sitting out one season.

Canty and forward Ryan Taylor, also an academic non-qualifier, are expected to be eligible.

Herd recruits from junior colleges are guard Shawn Smith, guard Justin Edmonds and forward Cheikh Sane.

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