The original plan was for Bowling Green (Ky.) High standout Chane Behanan to wait until the spring to announce his college choice.
Behanan, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound power forward, wanted to wait until his brother was released from prison. Turns out, after taking a pair of visits to Louisville he was ready to end it.
“I’m committing to Louisville,” Behanan told Scout.com. “I felt comfortable there. I just bonded real well with the team and the coaches. It’s close to my people in Cincinnati. I just based it all off my comfort zone and the location.”
The No. 29 prospect in the 2011 class had interest from a host of schools including Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia among others, but he was impressed with Rick Pitino and how he recruited him.
“I remember going up there and watching them play,” Behanan recalled. “After the game we sat down and talked and he hadn’t seen me play and he just offered me off what Walter McCarty told him.”
“When he came and saw me play he told me that he told Walter McCarty that everything he said was true,” he added. “He hadn’t even seen me play and he offered me right there and I thought that was a big honor.”
According to Behanan, a four-star prospect, Pitino followed him everywhere during the July period and saw him play more than any head coach.
“He was really on me,” Behanan said. “Just the respect he has for me and the fact that he came out and watched me play even though he had other kids to look at. I saw him more than any other coach this summer.”
As a junior Behanan averaged 22.3 points and 12.1 rebounds at Bowling Green. According to his high school coach D.G. Sherrill, Behanan is a match up nightmare for the opposition.
“He just has tremendous athleticism,” Sherrill said. “He came in last year and you see him in practice and I was thinking ‘this big rascal is going to take care of the rim for me.’ Then you start watching him run up and down, he’s this big, physical body with all of these guard skills.”
“I really think he’s a match up issue because if you put a small guy on him on the perimeter he can take them to the post and abuse them,” he added. “If you put a bigger guy on him he can step out and make that big guy move his feet. He has a real diverse skill set.”
Behanan is the fourth verbal commitment for Louisville’s 2011 class. He joins five-star prospect Wayne Blackshear, four-star prospect Zach Price and three-star commit Ryan Taylor.
When Behanan was on campus, Quincy Miller, Deuce Bello and Josiah Turner were also in town, and he's hoping they add a few more in the near future.
“We will be unstoppable,” Behanan said. “I talked to Quincy and Deuce and hopefully they will be making their decision soon.”
Behanan was a First-Team All-State selection as a junior and also took home the MVP honor at the prestigious NBA Camp in mid-June.