When Louisville dismissed Chane Behanan for repeated rules violations on Dec. 30, it was unclear whether the junior forward would transfer to another school or try to launch his professional career.
On Monday, Behanan provided his answer. He's transferring to Colorado State.
Colorado State announced Monday that Behahan has enrolled at the university and is expected to be eligible to play for the Rams at the end of fall semester next season. Behanan has been training with former pro basketball player John Lucas at his Houston rehabilitation center for athletes.
“I am extremely excited to have Chane enrolled at Colorado State,” Rams coach Larry Eustachy said in a school release. “It is a great fit for both of us. He is a tremendous kid, and I really enjoyed getting to know him during his brief visit to Fort Collins.
“Chane is one of most talented players in the country, and he will be a key addition to our program next season. He has excelled at the highest level of collegiate athletics and there is no doubt that he will be one of the highest profile players to ever compete on the hardwood for the Rams.”
A three-year starter at Louisville, Behanan averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds a game before being dismissed this season and played a key role in Louisville's 2012-13 national title run. He delivered 15 points and 12 rebounds in the national championship game against Michigan.
Assuming Behanan can avoid the off-the-court trouble that plagued him at Louisville, Colorado State would appear to be a good fit for him. Not only do the Rams emphasize rebounding – Behanan's greatest strength – they've also enjoyed success under Eustachy with transfers Colton Iverson (Minnesota), J.J. Avila (Navy) and Daniel Bejarano (Arizona).
Rick Pitino expressed support for the possibility of Behanan transferring to Colorado State during a press conference earlier this month.
“It would be an excellent situation for him — excellent,” Pitino said. “They need players ... (Eustachy) is a coach who's been through some difficult times himself and will have great compassion for Chane. He's a terrific, terrific basketball coach, and I want to see that young man make it as much as anyone I've coached.”
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