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Chane Behanan Selected 14th Overall In The NBDL Draft

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect

Just minutes after the Louisville basketball team finished their first exhibition game of the 2014-15 season, former Cardinal forward Chane Behanan finally landed with a new team.

Behanan was fourteenth overall pick in Saturday’s 2014-15 NBDL Draft. He selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Since Louisville’s 2013 national championship, Behanan has been in the headlines multiple times, but unfortunately it hasn’t been for good reason.

For the second consecutive season, Behanan started the year on suspension from Rick Pitino. He eventually earned his way back on the team and was back in the lineup for Louisville throughout late November and all of December.

On Dec. 30, Rick Pitino conducted a press conference to announce that Behanan had been dismissed from the team for repeated violation of university rules and policy.

After being dismissed from the program, Behanan worked with former NBA player John Lucas in Houston, TX. Lucas runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. He’s worked with NFL player Tyrann Mathieu, former Kentucky and Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy and ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice

Behanan later committed and signed to play for Colorado State and would have been eligible for the second semester of this season. However, Behanan never made it to Colorado State and eventually decided to put his name in the 2014 NBA Draft. As expected, Behanan wasn’t drafted.

The Cincinnati native was believed to have landed with the Orlando Magic’s summer league team, but unfortunately for Behanan that never actually happened. Behanan’s agent claimed that he had been considering multiple overseas options, but he never signed with a pro team.

Behanan averaged 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in his 2 1/2 years with the Louisville program. He was a key piece to the 2012 Final Four team and the 2013 National Championship team.

We wish Chane the best of luck going forward.

Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan Says Calvin Pryor Hasn’t Made The Impact That He Expected

Julio Cortez | Associated Press

Julio Cortez | Associated Press

The New York Jets are having a rough season to say the least. After getting a win in week one win over the Oakland Raiders, the Jets have since lost their last seven games.

Head coach Rex Ryan has been known for his defense in years past, but so far this season the Jets rank 18th in the NFL in defensive passing yards per game. Needless to say, Ryan isn’t pleased.

He was recently asked about former Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Ryan says their 2014 first round pick hasn’t done as well as they thought he would.

“He hasn’t had the impact necessarily that I think all of us had expected,” Ryan recently told the New York media.

“But quite honestly, we haven’t done a whole lot of — you know, our defense has been played a little differently than maybe we anticipated. So I think we had to make some of those adjustments along the way.

“And it hasn’t gone according to plan, so to speak. Maybe we thought we were gonna be more of an emphasis on certain things and (we’ve) kind of played different coverages. … I kind of envisioned us bringing that ball inside, letting him really hit some people but sometimes we have had to put him in different roles.”

In eight games Pryor has 16 solos tackles and a half sack.

“There have been a lot of moving parts on the back end, but he’s definitely right,” Pryor said of Ryan’s comments. “I look at myself in the mirror and I know I have to step it up.”

Two Former Louisville Cardinals Had Big Interceptions On Sunday Afternoon

Two former Louisville Cardinal defensive players had big performances on Sunday in the National Football League.

In a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts, former Louisville safety William Gay had a big INT in the first half and returned it to the end-zone for a touchdown. You’ll likely see Gay all over Sports Center for the next 24-hours thanks to this spectacular celebration dance.

Gay led the Steelers with five tackles in the win. They’re now 5-3 on the year.

Former Louisville linebacker Preston Brown finished with eight tackles and had his career interception for the Buffalo Bills in a 43-23 win over the New York Jets.

You can see the INT at the 30-second mark of the highlights.

Brown is having a great rookie season with the Bills. He’s the team’s leading tackler and has been one of the best defensive rookies in the NFL throughout the first two months of the season.

Earl Clark Lands With The Houston Rockets

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Just two days after being released from the Memphis Grizzlies, former Louisville forward Earl Clark has landed with another NBA team.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced on Friday that the team has claimed Clark off waivers.

Clark signed a free agent/training-camp tryout deal with the Grizzlies in late September. The former Cardinal had a decent showing for Memphis early on the their preseason games, but unfortunately the club decided his services weren’t needed.

He averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists on .474 shooting in 12.5 minutes in four preseason appearances.

Following a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13, Clark signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to provide much production for the Cavs and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline.

As soon as his rights were traded to Philadelphia, Clark was waived by the team. He later signed a ten day contract with the New York Knicks, but did not finish the season on an NBA roster.

Clark was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers in 2012-13 and was one of the NBA’s most improved players once he was inserted into the rotation. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 59 appearances for the team.

Hopefully he’ll be able to make the most of his opportunity with the Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves Have Picked Up The Third Year Of Gorgui Dieng’s Contract

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Photo: @GorguiDieng

On Monday afternoon the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that they’ve exercised the third year option on former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng’s contract.

Dieng was selected 21st overall by Minnesota in the 2013 season and had a very solid rookie season. He played in 33 of the team’s final 35 games in this past season and appeared  in a total of 60 games. Dieng averaged five points, five rebounds in 14 minutes per game over the course of the season.

It was in the second half of the season where Dieng really came on. The former Cardinal was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March. Dieng started 15 of the final 18 games, averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also had nine double-double’s in that span.

Dieng will receive $1.4 million before the 2014-15 season. His salary jumps to $2.3 million in 2016. Dieng’s initial rookie deal includes a qualifying option for a fourth year at $3.3 million.

Brian Brohm’s Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Earns Top Play On Sports Center

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Photo: Derek Leung – Getty Images

Former Louisville star quarterback Brian Brohm is spending these days up north in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Brohm got his first career start with the Bombers this past weekend.

Unfortunately for Brohm, not only did his team fall to Calgary 33-23, but he suffered a broken thumb during the game in will need surgery. On the bright side, Brohm was part of an impressive double-reverse flea flicker play that wound up as the No. 1 play on Sports Center.

Kyle Kuric Explodes For 21 Points With His New Pro Club In Spain

Photo: Euro Basket

Photo: Euro Basket

At this time four years ago former Louisville sharp-shooter Kyle Kuric was named 2010 UofL homecoming king.These days, Kuric is playing professionally in Spain and he started off the 2014 season with a huge performance.

After graduating from Louisville in 2012, Kuric spent his first two professional seasons playing for Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain. He averaged double figures in both seasons in Spain and averaged 13.9 points per game last year and shot 40% from the three point line.

Kuric played for the Oklahoma City Thunder summer league team in 2013 and in 2014 he was on the Los Angeles Clippers summer league roster.

He later signed with Herbalife Gran Canaria who is also a member of Spain’s top professional league. The club’s season began earlier this month and they’re off to a 2-0 start. In Sunday’s game, Kuric came off of the bench for 21-points in a 72-57 win.

The Memphis Grizzlies Have Waived Luke Hancock

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The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Monday evening that they’ve waived former Louisville sharp-shooter Luke Hancock. The former Cardinal signed a training camp deal with the Grizzlies at the end of August. Here is a release from the team.

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Luke Hancock, the team announced today.

Hancock (6-6, 200) recorded two points in nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance on Oct. 9 at Houston. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Louisville product signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent on Sept. 25.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 18 players.

Prior to the 2014 draft, Hancock worked out for the 76ers, Pistons, Bucks, Jazz, Rockets, and Celtics but wasn’t selected.

He played for the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets in the NBA’s two summer leagues. His best showing was with Houston, but apparently the Rockets weren’t interested in his services long term.

Hancock played two seasons for Louisville after transferring from George Mason in 2011. He was named a team captain for the 2012-13 season prior to ever playing a game for the Cardinals. Hancock averaged 7.7 points that season but went on to having of the post-season stretches in the program’s history.

He was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player during Louisville’s national championship run in 2013. Hancock scored 20 points in the national semifinals against the Wichita State. In the title game against the Michigan, the Cardinals trailed by 12 points late in the first half before Hancock scored 14 straight points to cut the deficit to one by halftime.

He finished the game five-for-five on three-point range and became the first player in NCAA Tournament history to be named the Most Outstanding Player despite not starting for the championship team.

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