Building A Legacy

Legacy is defined quite simply as something that someone achieves that continues to exist after they are gone. The legacy of most individuals when they are gone are their children or their reputation. Very few individuals have a chance to leave any other type of a legacy.

One Marshall University Basketball player has a chance to leave a legacy matched by very few, provided he plays one more year of college basketball.

On the wall above the scoreboard at the Cam Henderson Center hang a few jerseys with numbers and names on the back. Marshall fans know them all, most notably those of Hal Greer, Walt Walowac and the great John Taft. John Taft's basketball career ended at Marshall in 1991. John Taft's number is the last such number to be hoisted into the rafters and into legacy status at Marshall. John Taft's playing career ended twenty two years ago.

Since that time, many players have come and gone, many have had solid careers such as JR Van Hoose, Mark Patton, Markel Humphrey, Damier Pitts, Tyler Wilkerson, Shaquille Johnson, Tamar Slay and Tirrell Baines. None were good enough to justify having their jersey retired. Marshall fans have often asked, when is that next player going to come through that earns that right.

With games still to be played this season, and an entire senior season left to be played, that player is finally here. A player that not only has the numbers, but has "it." A player that has battled through injuries, and personal tragedy, only to bounce back and be stronger. A player whose leadership was questioned as a freshman and sophomore, only to see it blossom as a junior. A player who had the potential to be the Conference USA player of the year at one position, but switched positions in his junior year due to the betterment of the team.

The attributes are there, but what about the numbers. Currently Dre' Kane is sitting at 1,474 points, 429 assists, 497 rebounds, and 128 steals. Again, with one full season remaining.

Scoring:

Kane currently has 1,474 points. This has him 15th on the all time scoring list. At his current rate of play, he should break 2,000 points next season. This will put him in third place all time in school history, and only the third player in history to score 2,000 points. He is currently 850 or so behind Taft, and would finish one spot behind him.

Assists:

Kane currently has 429 assists. This places him 9th all time, just two behind Jeff Battle, and 41 behind Skip Henderson. His first two seasons, he averaged around 120 assists, that number exploded this season due to being moved to point guard. If Kareem Canty is back next year, and Kane gets to move back to his customary two guard, his assists should slack off. Moving back to his old average of 120 assists, Kane would finish 3rd all time in assists behind Mike D'Antoni, and Greg White. He is currently just 44 behind Taft.

Rebounds:

Kane currently has 497 rebounds. He needs just 120 more to break into the top 20 all time. He has more than that this season as a point guard, after averaging nearly 190 as a two guard. If he splits the difference and gets 150 rebounds next season, he will shoot into the top 15, passing the likes of Mark Patton, Tyler Wilkerson and Tirrell Baines. This will have him well ahead of Taft.

Steals:

Kane currently has 128 steals. That already has him 10th all time, and just five behind Taft. At his current rate, he would move all the way up to a comfortable 3rd all time.

At the end of his career, Kane should be 3rd all time in scoring, 3rd all time in assists, 3rd all time in steals, and 15th all time in rebounds.

Number 50 should be elevated into the rafters once his career ends. Where it will continue to hang, putting the finishing touches on a fantastic career, and a Legacy that will be matched by very few who put on, or who have put on the Green and White of Marshall University.

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