Louisville remains strong with Behanan

Indianapolis – Interest in Chane Behanan's recruitment has increased since last month's MVP performance at the NBA Top 100 Camp. However, the two programs Behanan named as leaders in Charlottesville – Louisville and West Virginia – still remain strong with the 6'7, 250-pound power forward.

Chane Behanan has been a popular guy since taking home MVP honors at the NBA Top 100 Camp last month.

Behanan, who rose 56 slots in the latest Scout.com rankings to No. 29, spoke about the increased attention he's been getting Tuesday afternoon at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

"There's been a lot of reporters calling," Behanan said. "I'm just trying to take it a day at a time and keep playing hard because I know there's somebody out there working [hard]. I just want to perform every time like I did at the NBA Camp."

In the past couple weeks, Behanan has picked up a new offer and is starting to receive heavy-weight interest from several major college programs.

"Indiana offered, Ohio State started showing interest, and Kansas and Texas are on me more," said Behnanan.

Behanan said last month at the NBA Camp that Louisville and West Virginia were the two programs atop his list of favorites. Louisville coach Rick Pitino had his entire coaching staff present to watch Behanan Tuesday, and West Virginia's Bob Huggins also was in the stands.

Has the new interest in Behanan's recruitment done anything to diminish Louisville and West Virginia's lead?

"No it hasn't," said Behanan, who had 15 points in his team's Tuesday afternoon contest. "Louisville has been showing interest before any other schools. So they're going to remain on the top of my list. I talked to Rick Pitino and the new coach they got the other day, Coach Fuller, and they've been on me heavy – more than any school. Right now they're in good [with me]."

Behanan had developed a solid relationship with former Louisville assistant Walter McCarty before he left to accept a coaching job with Indiana Pacers last month. Behanan has since spoken with McCarty's replacement, Tim Fuller.

"I'm glad for Walter McCarty but with Coach Fuller taking over me and him are going to get a good connection," Behanan said. "Hopefully I'll go up to Louisville and get a good connection with him like I did with Coach McCarty."

Behanan was asked by a reporter if he's close to committing to Louisville.

"I haven't decided yet," Behanan said. "My time will probably be in February. I'm going to be a late signee because my brother is incarcerated and I'm going to wait until he gets out February 24. That's when I'm going to make my decision."


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