The big news of the day for the 6'7, 250-pound power forward from Bowling Green, KY. was supposed to be an unofficial visit to Louisville.
"I talked to him [Calipari] today and he offered me a scholarship," Behanan said. "He said he had to look into some stuff about the classes that I [took], but he said that's good. He said I had an offer and whenever I want to make my decision to let him know. I wasn't expecting it. My head coach said he called two times this morning so I knew something was up and there [the offer] was."
"They're [Kentucky] right there with Louisville and West Virginia," he said.
After visiting Kentucky recently, Behanan, one of the nation's Top 30 prospects, checked out Pitino's Cardinals most of the day on Wednesday.
"It was good," Behanan said. "They showed me around the new facility they are building. The Yum! Center is going to be amazing. I've never seen an arena like that in my life. It is impressive."
Behanan also had an opportunity to sit down with Pitino and talk about how he fits into the UofL head coach's plans.
"He was comparing me to the players he's had in the past and he told me he can make me a professional player one day," Behanan said. "We didn't just talk about basketball. He's real cool and I know where he's coming from as a coach. He said hopefully he'll be able to coach me one day."
Pitino is in the process of piecing together a blockbuster 2011 recruiting class and Behanan is a key piece to the puzzle. The Cardinals already have commitments from Top 60 prospects Wayne Blackshear (No. 12) and Zach Price (No. 53). Pitino also hopes to land commitments soon from five-star forward Quincy Miller, four-star small forward Deuce Bello, and five-star point guard Josiah Turner, among others.
"I think I'll be the go-to guy [in the class]," Behanan said. "He said he likes my power inside and I can go outside, too. I'd play the three and four position that's how he explained it today."
Behanan listed Louisville, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas. He doesn't appear close to making a decision and still plans to announce his choice in the spring. Behanan has one official visit set for West Virginia (9/4) and he's gearing up for several in-home visits in September.
"[North Carolina is] coming for an in-home visit on September 9," Behanan said. "Louisville and West Virginia are scheduled to make in-home visits on September 10th. One is coming in the morning, the other during the evening."
"I like all of them," added Behanan. "How the coach is, how the program is, academics and the league they play in [will be factors]."