Pitino turning up the heat on Behanan?

There seems to be growing interest between Louisville and Chane Behanan, a four-star 2011 forward from Bowling Green, Ky. Rick Pitino recently watched the 6-7, 220-pound Behanan play and the talented prospect made his second visit to Louisville this week for Saturday's game against Rutgers.

There seems to be growing interest between Louisville and Chane Behanan.

Behanan made his second visit to Louisville this week Saturday when he attended the Cardinals win over Rutgers at Freedom Hall. A 6-foot-7, 220-pound junior forward from Bowling Green, Behanan also attended Louisville's game against UConn Monday night.

"Coach [Walter] McCarty has been in a couple times to see him and Coach Pitino and Coach Willard were down to see him when we played Hart County," Bowling Green coach DG Sherrill said. "They've been highly visible lately with him. Shane and Coach McCarty have built a pretty good relationship. We're kind of seeing where this goes. They've indicated that they're going to be actively recruiting him. They've been real positive and great in their recruitment of him."

A four-star prospect, Behanan is rated the No. 14 power forward in the Class of 2011. Behanan is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds this season after transferring to Bowling Green HS from Ohio. A one-time Cincinnati commitment, Behanan has re-opened his recruitment and is considering other options.


Louisville's interest in 2011 forward Chane Behanan has intensified recently.
Since re-opening his recruitment, Behanan's recruitment has heated up. He has offers from Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Xavier and Ohio State. Now, schools like Louisville, Kentucky and Tennessee are starting to show strong interest.

"I think [Louisville] is in an evaluation phase, they're looking at him and they've indicated to me they like him," Sherrill said. "I think he's in the same mode. It's all new and he's in an evaluation phase with them. Their program certainly has tradition and Coach Pitino adds a lot to that."

Louisville's interest has intensified recently. After Behanan visited Monday night, Rick Pitino and assistant Ralph Willard watched the 2011 power forward lead his team to 79-44 win at Hart County. Behanan had 17 points and 10 rebounds. After watching that performance, Louisville had Behanan back on campus Saturday for another visit.

"I think he's interested in Louisville from what he's indicated to me. He has a lot of options right now," said Sherrill. "We've not even talked about putting together any sort of list but he's been the one that has been engaging as far as going to a second Louisville game. He brought his family with him yesterday and I think that was big for the family to meet Coach, be at the game and [see] the environment. Obviously there's some interest from Chane in Louisville... it's a budding relationship."

Expect Louisville to keep a close eye on Behanan this spring. The Cardinals already have four verbal commitments in their 2011 recruiting class – a class that might rank as the nation's best at the moment. Louisville has three commitments from frontcourt players – 6-10 center Michael Chandler, 6-9 center Zach Price and 6-6 small forward Ryan Taylor. Shooting guard Wayne Blackshear is Louisville's highest-rated recruit and the Cardinals are heavily involved with Top 5 point guard Marquis Teague.

"In my conversations with them they're looking at him as a 2/3," Sherrill said. "He's 6-7 and has great perimeter skills. We have to play him out of position at our level sometimes because he can dominate around the rim. But he's going to play on the perimeter on the next level. That's where they're evaluating him now. Coach McCarty has indicated to me that Coach Pitino really likes him and even went as far as comparing him to Jamal Mashburn when he was a young guy."


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