Behanan Gets MVP, New Calls

No one improved their stock more at NBA Camp than Chane Behanan. The Kentucky native scored camp MVP and when he got home picked up a few new calls.

Chane Behanan had quite a time in Charlottesville (Va.).

if playing in the NBA Top 100 camp wasn't enough, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound power forward took full advantage of the opportunity at hand. In fact Behanan left camp with the most prestigious award – Camp MVP.

"I heard a bunch of players talking about it, but I didn't know I was going to get it," Behanan told "There were a lot of good players there. I'm real thankful to have that MVP."

Behanan, of Bowling Green (Ohio) High, tied for second in scoring at 14.7 points per game, while leading his camp squad to the championship game. He said he came in with a point to prove.

"Last year the only thing I got invited to was adidas Nation and I had a back injury so that really brought my stock down," Behanan said. "I just had something to prove and I came in with that mentality."

"I was trying to prove a point," he added. "There were two or three guys I played against ranked higher than me and I was trying to go as hard as I can. I just wanted to prove a point this weekend."

An undersized post prospect, Behanan used his strong lower half to carve out position in the post. His motor ran all camp long and he showed an ability to score inside and out.

"I think I played pretty good," Behanan said. "I didn't do everything right, but the stuff I did do I was happy with. I just have to keep working hard and finish out July strong."

After returning from camp this afternoon, Behanan took a nap and woke up to a ringing phone. Indiana called first and secured him for an unofficial visit on Thursday.

"Indiana called and they offered right on the phone as soon as they called me," Behanan said.

Then he received a phone call from an assistant coach at North Carolina. While they didn't offer him, they informed him they would be following him during the July evaluation period.

"They were saying the same stuff that Indiana was basically saying," he said of North Carolina. "They didn't offer though."

"They just said they'd heard a lot of good things about me and they asked me if I would be interesting in them recruiting me and I told them ‘yes,'" Behanan said.

A number of schools have been recruiting Behanan for quite some time. He has West Virginia, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Alabama and Georgia showing him attention.

Over the weekend he said West Virginia and Louisville were his top two schools. Is that still the case?

"You could say that," Behanan said. "Those are the only two schools that have been calling me and recruiting me [for a while]."

Behanan visited Louisville a number of times during the season and he's developed a strong relationship with Rick Pitino

"Everything they have said has been positive," the four-star prospect said. "They are really nice people up there and Rick Pitino is a cool dude. Walter [McCarty] is a cool dude. They just tell me to work hard."

Behanan has known the staff at West Virginia for some time and their ties to Cincinnati, which is where he played his freshman season, could play a role in his recruitment.

"With West Virginia I've known coach Huggins since 9th grade," he said. "We have a good relationship. Coach [Erik] Martin we have a cool relationship too. I like the school. They've shown me around. I like the campus."

Behanan currently checks in at No. 85 overall in the Class of 2011 rankings. After his NBPA Camp week, he'll undoubtedly be on the rise.

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