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.