2011's Behanan Staying Put

While seniors are popping daily, here's one we didn't see coming. Chane Behanan, a prominent member of the Class of 2011, is all done for a local Big East member.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have struck it big time in 2011. One of the top underclassmen in the state of Ohio has decided in favor of the Bearcats.

Chane Behanan, a 6-foot-6 monster power forward, is all about the Bearcats as of Wednesday. During a visit to campus, he ended his recruitment.

"He built up a relationship with Tony Stubblefield and Coach Cronin from going to games," Cincinnati Aiken coach Leon Ellison told Scout.com. "He decided that this was where he wanted to be at. We pretty much knew he was going to stay home (Cincinnati, Xavier & Ohio State). When Yancey Gates came here he got a good feel for him."

Behanan had one of those freshman seasons that you hear about nationally. A beast of an insider, he parlayed high school success into great work on the traveling team circuit.

As for the main reason why? Behanan had no trouble coming up with sound reasoning for the early decision. "They're in the Big East and it's Cincinnati. It's my hometown!"

Ellison thinks it could be a big year for Aiken. He also has insight into why his guy is so good this early. "It's his maturity level, the way he rebounds and his body. He's tenacious on the glass. He rebounds like a man; it's hard to box him out."

Now Behanan becomes the Bearcats No. 1 recruiter. He's got a few years to help other guys make decisions. "I'm talking to Jordan Sibert and Adreian Payne and maybe a few guys at my school and see if they're interested."

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