September 25, 2015 Archbishop Spalding senior Justin Kane is still seeing a wide-range of interest from Division I to Division III, and after a successful team camp playing at the University of Maryland says he’s caught the attention of the…
September 25, 2015
Archbishop Spalding senior Justin Kane is still seeing a wide-range of interest from Division I to Division III, and after a successful team camp playing at the University of Maryland says he’s caught the attention of the state’s flagship program as well.
Though he still holds no offers, he says Maryland was impressed with him this summer, and he’s also been receiving some considerable interest from Navy.
“Schools that have been showing interest are the Naval Academy, and I haven’t been offered by them yet but I’ve been talking to them a lot and I went to their elite camp. They said they’ll be watching me this winter so hopefully I can pick up an offer from there.”
“I’ve also been looking at the Coast Guard Academy, as well as Williams, Amherst, Salisbury — I’m really looking for a high academic as well as competitive basketball schools,” said Kane, who says Maryland showed some interest in him after he competed in its team camp this summer.
“My high school did their team camp at Maryland and I was talking to their coach after one of their games and he mentioned me walking on, and then he talked to my coach as well,” said Kane, who says he’s going to play out his senior season and hopefully pick up some additional interest.
“I’m kind of just waiting, that’d (Maryland) be a great option, but I’m just waiting to see what happens. I’m really hoping the Navy thing will work out. So I’ll see what happens this upcoming season”
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard spent his offseason playing with Maryland 3D, and says he was the leader and go-to guy.
“My role on the team was kind of to be a glue player as well as to be a leader on the team. And then in tight situations I was also the guy who would get us set up and everything in high-pressure situations so we could execute properly,” said Kane.
“I was really working a lot on my shot, to try and get that more consistent, and also trying to increase my range so that I’m a threat from pretty much anywhere — so I’ve been working on that pretty much non-stop.”
Though he’s been a leader and top contributor for the Cavaliers in year’s past, Kane says this season his role will be the same, but he’d like his production to increase.
“My role isn’t going to change very much because last year I was the leader of the team, and I’ve been starting since freshman year on varsity, and I’ve been a captain since sophomore year. This year I’m expected to just do the same thing,” said Kane, who averaged 22 points per game last season as a junior.
“I’d like to increase my production a bit. I feel like last season I left a lot of points on the floor, so I really want to clean that up and put more points on the board to help my team win.”
April 21, 2015
With plenty of interest rolling in from area Division I programs, Archbishop Spalding wing Justin Kane is one of the rising stars in Maryland’s 2016 class.
It’s the Ivy League and Patriot League that have spotted the 6-foot-4 prospect first and he’s taken a visit to one Ivy school that’s after him the most.
“I’ve been to Princeton and I’ve been talking with them, and also American and Harvard like me — mostly Patriot League and Ivy League schools right now,” said Kane. “And I was approached by Maryland at a tournament earlier this year.”
He says Princeton, Loyola-Maryland and American are the schools after him the most right now, and last summer he was at Princeton’s Elite Camp and took an unofficial visit later on.
“They said that they like the way that I played because I fit their style with their backdoor cuts and having the basketball IQ to be able to run their offenses and know what to do in certain situations,” he said.
After averaging 20 points per game this season for the Cavaliers, he says it’s his versatility on both ends of the floor that make his such a threat.
“I think that one of biggest strengths is my leadership skills, I can really bring the team together whenever we’re having trouble or something. And also my versatility, because if our point guards are getting frustrated under pressure then my coaches will have me bring the guard up and get us into our offense and kind of make stuff happen,” said Kane, who who says though he can play any position at the high school level, he sees himself as a shooting guard in college.
“I’d say I’m more of a shooting guard, but with the personnel on our team I was one of the biggest guys on our team, so I was a guard but guarding the other team’s five. And I had to bring the ball up a lot which I was completely comfortable with but I could guard their big guys as well as when they went small I could guard the quicker guys.”
Kane will be spending his 17U grassroots season with Maryland 3D, and says he’d like to work most on his outside game, and handling the ball in traffic.
“Going into my senior season I want to work on my shooting for sure and add more range so that guys are forced to have to come out and guard me behind the 3-point line,” said Kane, PHM’s 86th-ranked 2016. “Also getting to the basket with my head up, because a lot of times when I would be driving I’d put my head down and just go to the hoop, but if I keep my head up that gives me options.”
With his first offer still eluding him, Kane says it’s the success of his 3D team that will be a direct reflection of the attention he’ll receive from college coaches this summer.
“I hope to win some championships with my team, because the more you win the more you get seen,” he said. “And that will just better my chances for some college scholarships.”