Chane Behanan transferring to Colorado State
Former Louisville power forward Chane Behanan will finish his college career as a Colorado State Ram.
The 6-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game last year, as the Cardinals rode their momentum and defeated Michigan in the National Championship.
Behanan was released from the Louisville team in December, and decided to transfer to Colorado State to finish his college education. ”I wanted to get my degree. I’m about 38 hours short. I also felt as though it was the right fit with Coach Eustachy.”
Colorado State is currently 12-8, sitting in 7th in the Mountain West Conference. The Rams were clobbered by Louisville in the NCAA Tournament in 2013, losing by 26 points; Behanan scored just 5 of Louisville’s 82.
Although he may not light up the stat sheet, Behanan will definitely be missed by the Cards. Louisville’s frontcourt has struggled all year, and now someone will have to step up to replace Behanan.
‘[Behanan] has helped us win two Big East titles, he helped us go to two Final Fours, he’s helped us win a national championship,” said Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. “Behanan is a major factor.”
Louisville has one of the nation’s best backcourts with Russ Smith and Chris Jones, but they can’t win it all by themselves. Stephan Van Treese can rebound and Montrezl Harrell can fire up the squad by making big plays, but they aren’t nearly as productive as Gorgui Dieng was offensively.
Behanan may have career-lows for the season thus far, but he’s the best big man they had scoring-wise. If Wayne Blackshear can prove his worth and finally bring his ‘A’ game, Louisville will have a shot at making another run in the tournament.