Chuck Landon: Kane may have played last game for Herd
TULSA, Okla. — Marshall fans may have seen the last of DeAndre Kane.
Or maybe not.
The only thing anyone knows for certain is the Herd’s star guard has options. That’s because Kane is on track to graduate with a degree in business in May. Since he still has one year of eligibility remaining, it means Kane could transfer to another school and be eligible immediately for his final collegiate season or conceivably turn professional.
Will he leave Marshall early?
Will he transfer to another school?
Will he turn pro?
Not even Kane knows yet.
“I don’t know,” said Kane when asked if he were returning to Marshall for next basketball season. “I don’t know yet.”
Kane was hoping to delay the inevitable question until the end of this week. But a lucky shot by Tulane’s Ricky Tarrant gave the Green Wave a stunning come-from-behind 66-64 win over the Herd Wednesday night in the Conference USA Tournament here in the BOK Center and forced Kane’s hand.
“I’ve got to talk to coach about it,” said Kane, referring to Marshall head coach Tom Herrion with whom he has a very close relationship. “And I’ve got to go home to Pittsburgh and talk to my family about it.
“I’ve got to do what is best for my family.”
This extremely frustrating season coupled with the even more bitterly frustrating loss to Tulane Wednesday night has affected Kane mightily. The highly competitive guard can’t bear to lose and this unforeseen 13-19 season has weighed on him heavily.
So, perhaps, Kane could make a move similar to Arsalan Kazemi’s manuever this season. The power forward, who attended the Patterson School (a prep school) with Kane, left Rice and transferred to the University of Oregon by utilizing the same scenario that Kane has at his disposal.
It paid huge dividends for Kazemi.
Maybe it would for Kane as well. Or maybe not. Kane has a much different personality and demeanor than Kazemi. He likes a team to be “his team.” That wouldn’t be the case if he transferred.
So, for now, it’s all conjecture. The choice is Kane’s and he has a tough decision to make.
What’s also tough is the fact that the officiating crew of Rick Crawford, Bert Smith and Jeb Harkness may have cost Marshall a win over Tulane. Here’s the scenario. With 43 seconds remaining and the score tied, 63-63, Kane missed a 15-foot jumper and crashed the offensive rebound.
But he was leveled by an elbow from Tulane’s Josh Davis. While Kane laid on the floor, Tulane walked the ball up the court. Kane finally got up and holding his jaw trotted down the court. About 30 seconds later with the shot clock winding down, Tarrant banked in a desperation head-on 3-pointer from 22 feet at the top of the key.
During the ensuing timeout, the officials reviewed videotape and called a flagrant 1 foul on Davis, awarding Kane two foul shots and Marshall possession.
But what if the officials had called the foul when it happened? Kane would have had two free throws with the score tied, 63-63, and Marshall would have had possession. So, the possession of Tarrant hitting the game-winning shot never would have happened.
Instead, MU lost the game and may lose Kane.
It was that kind of season.
Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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