Behanan receives Pitino's undivided attention

Indianapolis, IN -- Rick Pitino's mission Wednesday morning at the adidas Invitational was clear: The Louisville coach gave his program's undivided attention to Chane Behanan, the MVP of June's NBA Top 100 Camp, and he wanted the 6'7 power forward to know it.

Rick Pitino's mission Wednesday morning at the adidas Invitational was clear: The Louisville coach gave his program's undivided attention to Chane Behanan, the MVP of June's NBA Top 100 Camp, and he wanted the 6'7 power forward to know it.

Behanan's recruitment is shaping up as a battle between Louisville and West Virginia. Pitino and assistants Steve Masiello and Tim Fuller sat directly at midcourt to watch Behanan's game against Ryan Taylor and the Eric Gordon All-Stars. Bob Huggins was positioned a few seats on Pitino's right. And though Texas's Rick Barnes caught the first half of play, it's looking like the Big East schools will go the distance for Behanan's signature on a national letter of intent.


Rick Pitino, Steve Masiello and Tim Fuller gave Chane Behanan complete attention Wednesday morning.
Behanan, who one high major coach in attendance compared to former Providence standout forward Ryan Gomes, didn't disappoint. Behanan led his team to victory, scoring 14 points and grabbing several man-sized boards. The highlight of the game – Behanan's reverse alley-oop slam that spurred his team to a win.

Taylor played hard and finished with 10 points, but struggled to finish around the rim.

The morning session began slowly, with most of Louisville's top prospects playing later in the day. With that in mind, Pitino eyed Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell. Abell, a 6'4 guard, sat on the bench for considerable portions of the game but did score eight points in a short span at the end of the contest. During the spurt, Abell drained a midrange wing pull up, scored twice on the fast break and once on a floater in the lane. Abell projects as a mid-major prospect and is getting looks from Dayton, IUPUI, Seton Hall and others.

"I can see why people would like him," one Division 1 head coach said, noting that Abell needed to improve his three-point shooting touch. "He can go by people, he's a hard worker and a good kid."

Pitino also made a point to watch promising 2012 prospect Wannah Bail. Bail, a 6'8 combo forward from Sugarland, TX, caught Pitino's eye on the opening day with a 36 point, double-digit rebound effort. Overheard, one coach who labeled Bail 'soft' on the first day was chided for the comment. That coach, it should be noted, had his entire coaching staff in attendance for Bail's early game Wednesday morning.

Due to coverage plans, InsideTheVille.com had to leave the adidas Invitational after the morning session to head for Cleveland, where the King City Classic begins Thursday morning.


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