After taking a week off from the Big 12 weekly awards, the Iowa State men’s basketball team is back for the sixth time in the season’s eight weeks.
Dec 25, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane (50) fights over a rebound with Boise State Broncos guard Igor Hadziomerovic (12) during the second half of the Diamond Head Classic championship match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports
DeAndre Kane won the Big 12 player of the week award for his performance in the Diamond Head Classic, leading the Cyclones to a victory and was the tournament’s most valuable player. Among the power four, Kane averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in the final two games (the two that were eligible for this week’s award).
The official Big 12 athletic website dives into Kane’s game:
"He had a 15-point effort in the semifinals against Akron, grabbing 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Kane then added a 23-point, five rebound performance versus Boise State. In that game, he connected on 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range after entering the game with five field goals from beyond the arc for the entire season. He is one of two players nationally averaging at least 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists."
West Virginia forward Nathan Adrian won the newcomer of the week award. He had a career-high 16 points in the blowout victory over William & Mary.
This is Kane’s third Big 12 weekly award, winning the newcomer of the week award back on November 11th and November 25th. Also, Iowa State has set a new record in the Big 12: no other team has won player of the week awards with five different players (Naz Long, Melvin Ejim, Dustin Hogue, Georges Niang) in the same season. The Cyclones accomplished that before conference play began.