Chane Behanan

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Chane Behanan
No. 22 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Position Forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1992-09-24) September 24, 1992 (age 22)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Aiken (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Bowling Green
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
College Louisville (2011–2013)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Career history
2014–present Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Chane Behanan (/ʃn bəˈhænən/ shane buh-HAN-en;[1] born September 24, 1992)[2] is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. Behanan, who won an NCAA title at Louisville, was going to transfer to Colorado State to redshirt the 2014–15 season but instead declared for the 2014 NBA draft in which he subsequently went undrafted.

Early life and high school[edit]

Behanan was born and mostly raised in Cincinnati, growing up in a troubled inner city neighborhood infested by the drug culture; one of his older brothers had been arrested on drug charges.[3] He indicated in a 2012 interview that his time in that neighborhood drove him to succeed in basketball:

I just have to stay at it. In my family, I think I'm just the last person left that can make something happen. If it ain't me, it's nobody."[3]

During his childhood, the family home was destroyed in a fire, and he, his mother, and four siblings moved in with one of his grandmothers.[3] Behanan's mother eventually decided that inner-city Cincinnati was not a good place for him, and used family connections to send him to Bowling Green, Kentucky before his junior year of high school.[3][4] In his senior season at Bowling Green High School, he averaged 23.3 points and 14.4 rebounds.[3]

He had previously verbally committed to play college basketball at Cincinnati, but changed his commitment to Louisville while in Bowling Green. Behanan would later say that the change could have saved his life—a few months after he arrived at Louisville, a longtime friend in Cincinnati was shot and killed during a robbery. Behanan said about the incident, "He [the friend] was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. To be honest, I really don't think I'd be here today if I'd stayed in Cincinnati."[3]

College career[edit]

In his freshman year with the Louisville Cardinals, Behanan averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 26 minutes per game, helping lead the Cardinals to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion Kentucky. Although expressing a desire to play in the NBA, Behanan returned for his sophomore season and averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 26.1 minutes per game, helping lead the Cardinals to win the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which was Louisville's third national championship and first since 1986.

Just before the start of the 2013–14 season, coach Rick Pitino suspended Behanan indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Behanan was reinstated in time to play against Hofstra on November 12, the second game of the season. On December 30, Pitino announced that Behanan was dismissed from the team for violation of university policy.[5] In the twelve games that he played in 2013–14, he averaged 7.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 18.6 minutes per game.

On January 27, 2014, it was reported that Behanan had enrolled at Colorado State University.[6] However, before making an appearance for Colorado State, Behanan declared for the 2014 NBA draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Behanan went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. On November 1, 2014, Behanan was selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League draft.[8]


  1. ^ "Chane Behanan - Forward". Name Engine. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Chane Behanan". University of Louisville Sports Information. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Crawford, Eric (April 28, 2013). "Profile of a Champion — Chane Behanan: The Hard Way". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chane Behanan". Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chane Behanan Suspended: Louisville Disciplines Star Forward". Huffington Post. 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Jeff (27 Jan 2014). "Chane Behanan to join Colorado St.". 
  7. ^ O'Neil, Dana (28 Apr 2014). "Chane Behanan entering NBA draft". Retrieved 28 Apr 2014. 

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