Behanan nearing decision?

With a return visit to Louisville set for this weekend, and an official visit scheduled to Ohio State next week, Chane Behanan, one of the nation's Top 30 2011 prospects, could make a college decision sooner than anyone anticipated. has the scoop on this breaking story.

Chane Behanan, one of the nation's Top 30 2011 prospects, could make a college decision sooner than anticipated.

Behanan has maintained this summer that he planned to announce his college choice in February when his brother received his release from prison. But Behanan's coach, DG Sherrill, informed Tuesday afternoon that the 6'7 forward could make a decision in the next couple weeks.

"Chane and his family want to get this [recruitment] under control and wrap it up quickly over the next couple of weeks, maybe," Sherrill said. "He wants to put a lot of focus on his senior basketball season and try to have as good a year as he can. As this recruitment process has developed they've seen maybe they won't need to wait as long as they had initially planned."

Behanan made big news Tuesday morning, canceling a scheduled official visit to West Virginia in order to make an official visit to Louisville, where he visited last week unofficially. Behanan also is set to make an official visit to Ohio State next week. Sherrill said those are the only two official visits Behanan has scheduled at this time.

Chane Behanan has official visits scheduled with Louisville and Ohio State and could announce his college decision soon.
"He wanted to take a visit to Louisville [again] and the opportunity afforded itself to him," Sherrill said. "He just made a quick change and scheduled the visit to Louisville."

Does that bode well for Louisville's chances?

"From a common sense approach if he's revisiting a school there's obviously a high level of interest," Sherrill said. "I think he wants to make sure he has all the information from these programs and then make a good decision for him and his family. His mom wasn‘t able to go on the unofficial visit [last week] and she wants to go and see the facilities and have an opportunity to sit down with the coaches. When this weekend opened up it was a great opportunity for him to go back and pay a visit to them and make some final decisions on how good a fit he‘d be at Louisville."

Behanan is part of a major recruiting weekend for the Cardinals. Louisville will also host a handful of the nation's top recruits, including Quincy Miller, Josiah Turner and Deuce Bello. Current Louisville commits Zach Price and Wayne Blackshear are also expected to be on campus.

"This gives Chane an opportunity to be inside their program for a couple days," Sherrill said. "Chane looks at Kentucky's class. He looks at Louisville's class. He keeps up with who's recruiting who. He's confident in whoever they bring in that he can play with those guys. He's said all along that he wants to play with other good players."

Behanan has met with both Rick Pitino and John Calipari recently and both have indicated they really want him in their program. Kentucky already has commitments from two power forwards in the Class of 2011, including Kyle Wiltjer, who picked the Wildcats last weekend. Louisville also appears set to land some commitments soon. That reality appears to have played a role in Behanan's accelerated decision time-frame.

"He's had opportunities to sit down with Hall of Fame coaches and they‘ve all indicated that they want him," Sherrill said. "There could be a tidal wave of commitments in very short order. But I think he and his family just want to get this decision made and allow him to really do well academically and enjoy his senior season."

Now that Behanan has visits scheduled to UofL and Ohio State, is it a two-horse race between the Cards and Bucks?

"I don‘t think it‘s down to any two," Sherrill said. "West Virginia is still very much alive, Kentucky is right in there and they've been strong, Louisville has been in there and Ohio State is still very active, and North Carolina‘s in there. He's still got some really great schools recruiting him and it's a process. It's really important for him to go through this process because it's a big decision for him. He's really working hard to take control of his recruitment and ask questions. This will be Chane Behanan's decision."

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