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He'll be 25 years old by the time the 2014 draft rolls around, but that might not stop an NBA team looking for immediate toughness and backcourt depth.
Few have been able to make as big of individual impact as Kane, who after three years at Marshall is now the floor general in charge of the No. 16-ranked Iowa State Cyclones.
“I’ve gotta show people around the world that I can play with the elite players," Kane told ESPN's Myron Medcalf. "I deserve to be talked about a little bit more. And I will."
A confident and physically imposing guard, Kane is averaging 16.7 points, 7.2 boards and 5.8 assists while shooting career-highs of 50.8 percent from the floor and 34.9 percent from three.
This year, he's shown a great feel for facilitating the offense and picking his spots as a scorer. This is the area of his game that could ultimately push him into the second round, as it really completes the package that already came with scoring, rebounding and defense.
Kane is unstoppable on the break, given his blend of size, athleticism and strength. He's also averaging 7.6 free throws a game, as he's able to attack off the bounce and initiate contact at the rim.
His biggest hurdle in terms of landing with an NBA team will be his age, as it's not often you see teams target a 25-year-old kid out of college. But all it takes is one general manager to feel that Kane can help out immediately.