HUNTINGTON - Marshall guard DeAndre Kane, the Thundering Herd's top scorer and the third-best assist man in Division I college basketball, is out indefinitely with a right hand injury.
Marshall released a one-sentence statement Monday announcing the injury. The Herd does not play again until Saturday, when it faces undefeated No. 11 Cincinnati (9-0) at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
Kane's absence throws Marshall's point guard position even further into flux. Freshman Kareem Canty, a top-25 point guard recruit from Harlem, N.Y., figured to make a major push for the starting job. However, the NCAA deemed him academically ineligible on Nov. 15. Marshall Coach Tom Herrion handed Kane point guard responsibilities, and he responded with gaudy assist totals.
With Kane gone, those duties could be spread around freshmen DeVince Boykins and Tamron Manning and sophomore Chris Martin. Herrion gave Martin his first career start over Kane on Saturday in the Herd's 69-63 comeback win over Coppin State, saying it was a coach's decision. Martin played just seven minutes, missing two shots and committing one turnover.
Boykins and Manning saw their playing time skyrocket Saturday. Boykins had played just three minutes and Manning had played just 11 minutes all season before the Coppin State game. Against the Eagles, Boykins played 11 minutes and Manning played 12.
Kane's injury also could open up time for Kelvin Amayo, who will be eligible to play in the second semester. Amayo - a 6-foot-4 guard from Newark, N.J. and a three-star recruit according to Rivals - originally signed with Towson State, but was deemed academically ineligible and transferred to Marshall.
Kane, a preseason all-Conference USA first team selection, leads Marshall with 15.0 points per game.
His 8.5 assists per game is behind only Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams (10.4) and New Orleans' Rarlensee Nelson (8.6) in the Division I rankings. Kane is also tied with Elijah Pittman for third on the Herd in rebounding, averaging 4.8 per game.
Kane's shooting percentages both from the floor and beyond the arc have dipped. After shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range last season, he's shooting 35.7 percent from the floor and 16.3 percent from 3-point range this season.
His free throw shooting has plummeted, from 59.9 percent last year to 47.1 percent this year.
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