Ex-Marshall guard DeAndre Kane headed to Iowa State

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

DeAndre Kane averaged 15 points and seven assists per game last season at Marshall. (USATSI)
DeAndre Kane averaged 15 points and seven assists per game last season at Marshall. (USATSI)

Iowa State has made a living the past couple of years by picking up impact transfers and meshing them together far easier than anticipated.

The Cyclones made another foray into the transfer market on Thursday, getting a commitment from former Marshall guard DeAndre Kane.

A source informed CBSSports.com that Kane popped for Iowa State during a visit to the Ames campus. Kane is expected to be able to play immediately after graduating from Marshall.

Kane, a 6-foot-4 Pittsburgh native, was poised to commit to the hometown Panthers, but he came away from a visit without making a pledge. Memphis also made a strong push, while USC and Saint Mary's were under consideration earlier this month.

He averaged 15.1 points and 7.0 assists last season for the Thundering Herd, although he shot just 40 percent from the field. With that said, for a team that loses seniors Will Clyburn, Tyrus McGee, Korie Lucious and Chris Babb, Kane will immediately provide some scoring boost on the perimeter. Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim are back up front, so coach Fred Hoiberg won't be without weapons.

This is the second impact transfer Iowa State has added this offseason, as Northern Illinois guard Abdel Nader committed to the Cyclones in late April. Assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih played a key role in landing both Kane and Nader.

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