Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has a knack for identifying unique talent and building teams around it.
Hoiberg landed one of nation's most unorthodox point guards this offseason in senior transfer DeAndre Kane, who has proven to be a perfect fit for the unbeaten Cyclones.
Kane has played like a star in his lone season for No. 13 Iowa State (11-0), which is off to its best start in school history heading into it non-conference finale tonight against Northern Illinois. Kane, a 6-foot-4 former Schenley High School star, is second among Big 12 Conference players with 5.5 assists per game and 11th in scoring at 14.9 points a game.
But Kane is also eighth in the league in rebounding (7.5), and he, UCLA's Kyle Anderson and Utah's Delon Wright are the only players averaging at least 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists a game.
"He's fast. He's crafty. He's quick. He's got great size for a point guard, and he can play off the ball as well. But the biggest thing with DeAndre is you can put him in spots to use his playmaking skills if you space the floor properly," Hoiberg said.
It's not much of a shock to see Kane become a key piece for the Cyclones after he averaged 15.1 points and seven assists for Marshall a year ago.
What's been surprising is how easy Kane has made it look so far.
Kane had no problem dominating in Conference USA. He was the freshman of the year in 2010-11 for Marshall, earned second-team all-league honors in each of the next two seasons and finished 2013 as one of just two active players with at least 15 points a game in three consecutive seasons.
Kane also left Marshall with a degree, year of eligibility and a waiver to play elsewhere. Iowa State needed a point guard to replace Korie Lucious, and Hoiberg's success with the likes of Royce White, Chris Allen and Will Clyburn helped him land Kane.
Louisville dismissed junior forward Chane Behanan from the team Monday for another violation of university policy. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino did not specify what rule was broken but expressed disappointment that the 6-foot-6 forward had another setback just a month after being reinstated from a 26-day suspension for violating school policy. Behanan was a key member of Louisville's national championship squad and was named to the Final Four all-tournament team. He had averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 67 percent from the field in 11 games this season backing up sophomore power forward Montrezl Harrell. Pitino said "away from the lines he just did not do the right things."
Freshman Luke Fischer withdrew from school and is expected to transfer. The move comes one day before the Hoosiers open Big Ten Conference play at Illinois. Fischer, a 6-foot-11 center, played in all 13 games for the Hoosiers (10-3) and was averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.0 minutes.