Chane Behanan will be a Louisville Cardinal. The 29th ranked player in Scout.com's class of 2011 made the announcement at a set press conference at his high school this afternoon. Behanan picked the University of Louisville over offers from West Virginia, Ohio State, and Kentucky among many others.
Behanan, who was once a verbal commitment to Cincinnati as a junior, began the year as a good college prospect with several schools recruiting him. He had solid showings in several AAU events and after winning the Most Valuable Player award at the NBA Top 100 Camp, the 6-foot-7 power forward's recruitment took off. High major programs had his phone number on speed dial and the University of Louisville was one of the teams making calls.
The Cardinals staff pursued the forward more consistently than any other team this summer, often seen with two or more coaches in the stands during his games. Behanan visited the Louisville campus in back-to-back weeks recently, including this past weekend for the Louisville/Kentucky football game. Upon returning home, the talented big man sat down with his mother and decided that he had seen everything he wanted to see.
The addition of Behanan gives Louisville head coach Rick Pitino a four-man class in 2011. Behanan joins 6-foot-5 guard Wayne Blackshear, 6-foot-5 wing Ryan Taylor, and 6-foot-10 center Zach Price as verbal commitments for the Cardinals.
Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Take
Scout Kentucky Preps caught up with Evan Daniels to get his take on Behanan's commitment to Louisville. Below is what the Scout.com recruiting analyst had to say about the best player in the state of Kentucky.
"Chane brings a different aspect to Louisville's recruiting class," Daniels said. "He's a monster in the paint and when challenged never backs down. He's a terrific rebounder and a much better scorer than given credit for. He has great hands, good touch, and a bunch of post moves."