The recruiting situation between Louisville and Behanan has intensified all season. Rick Pitino has seen the talented forward play at least twice and Saturday was Behanan's third visit to Freedom Hall for a game this season.
"I'm interested in Louisville but I'm only a junior and I'll make my decision next year," Behanan said. "Louisville is a great school. I like Coach Pitino and coach [Walter] McCarty. Hopefully I'll make the right choice when the time comes around."
McCarty has been the point man in Behanan's recruitment for the Cardinals. Though Behanan plays mostly around the basket in high school, Louisville has been telling the 6-foot-6 junior his future resides on the perimeter in college.
"They say I'll be a [wing] and they'll help me get ready for the NBA," Behanan said. "They said I can play a big part at Louisville. I'm only 6-6 and I'm ready to step up in college and take the challenge of being a wing. I've got a nice little jumper that I've got to work on over the summer and I will get that down. I can handle ball but I need to learn to make one move and go."
"They say they want me and they will do whatever it takes for me to come there," said Behanan. "They say that they'd love for a person with my abilities to come to Louisville. Hopefully if I make that choice you will see me in Louisville."
Louisville has plenty of competition for Behanan's commitment. West Virginia, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Western Kentucky are also on Behanan's list. Behanan said he's planning to make a decision next year 'around this time."
"I'm trying to take all of my college visits," Behanan said. "I'll just see whose coming into play the position I'm going to play. I don't want to be a person to sit on the bench. I also look at academics and what I can do to maintain good grades."
Louisville, though, has certainly made a strong impression on Behanan, particularly Saturday's final home game at Freedom Hall, a 78-68 win over No. 1 Syracuse.
"It was nice," Behanan said. "I liked that everybody came out to support them in the last home game for Freedom Hall. I liked being apart of it and seeing all of the people that used to play back in the day. I just enjoyed myself. I met a few of them, including one who played on the 1986 championship team. It was a good experience and it motivates me to hopefully win a championship like they did."
Behanan also caught up with Zach Price, a 2011 Louisville commit who also attended the game Saturday.
"I talked to Zach Price," Behanan said. "Me and him actually played together as freshman on All-Ohio Basketball Club. We still keep in contact texting and through facebook. All the recruits said they loved it too and had never seen an atmosphere like Louisville."
Behanan has had a strong junior season and was voted the Fourth Region Player of the Year by the regions coaches. Behanan has led Bowling Green to a 27-3 record this season and had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead his team to a 76-57 win against Franklin-Simpson in the regional quarterfinals. Bowling Green faces Clinton County in the region semifinals Monday night.