Behanan names leaders

Charlottesville -- Chane Behanan is the lone Kentucky high school player at this week's NBA Top 100 Camp. After an impressive effort to start camp, Behanan talked about his two favorites – both from the Big East Conference.

The NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, an invitation-only event of the nation's best 100 players, is one of the most prestigious high school basketball events in the United State. Chane Behanan, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward from Bowling Green, Kentucky is the only player from the Bluegrass represented here this week.

That's a pretty big honor.

Behanan, who is being heavily recruited by Louisville, started camp with a bang Thursday morning, leading his team to a blowout win with 14 points and a bunch of boards.

"I played hard and competed against the top players," Behanan said. "I tried to rebound, block shots and get down the court. Coaches were telling me to keep working and rebound for them. And we came out with the victory by 28."

Though Behanan is a beast around the basket, he also has the skills to play on the perimeter. While there's question about what position he'll play at the next level, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has a pretty decent idea how he'd use Behanan if he chooses the Cardinals.

"I can play both [positions]," Behanan said. "My body is a four, but my dribbling skills are a three. Rick Pitino says I'll be a point-forward."

Behanan made multiple visits to Louisville last season and he's planning to visit the Cardinals again this summer.

"We have to talk to them to see when we're going to get it set up to go there," Behanan said. "I talked to Coach [Walter] McCarty the other day but we didn't really talk about going up there. But I'll get up there."

He probably discussed McCarty's move to the Indiana Pacers bench. Thursday, McCarty's departure from Louisville became official after more than a week of speculation that he was preparing to leave Pitino's program.

"He has to do what's best for him," Behanan said.

McCarty was Louisville's lead recruiter with Behanan. Will his leaving the Cardinals affect Louisville's chances in his recruitment?

"It won't," Behanan said. "Me and Coach Pitino have a little connection but not like me and Coach McCarty. But I don't think it will affect it."

Though Behanan has offers from the likes of Alabama, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Georgia, two schools, Louisville and West Virginia, have emerged as the favorites.

"Those are really the only two schools that I reach out too," Behanan said. "I try to reach out to all of them, but those are the main two."

Behanan also plans to visit Bob Huggins program this summer.

"I should be having a visit with them soon," Behanan said. "I talked to Coach [Erik] Martin last week before I came to the Kentucky All-Star game. He was trying to connect with me and see what I'm doing."

Though he's originally from Cincinnati, Behanan played in Bowling Green last season. Rumors are swirling that he could be on the move again, to either a high school in Louisville or Cincinnati.

"I don't want to comment on that," Behanan said with a smile. "I just want to focus on this week and the rest of the summer."

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