Chane Behanan

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Chane Behanan
Chane Behanan in 2013.jpg
Behanan visits the White House in 2013 for a ceremony honoring Louisville's 2013 national championship.
No. 23 – Salt Lake City Stars
Position Forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1992-09-24) September 24, 1992 (age 24)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school
College Louisville (2011–2013)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2015–2016 Soles de Mexicali
2016 Santeros de Aguada
2016–2017 Reno Bighorns
2017–present Salt Lake City Stars
Career highlights and awards

Chane Xavier Behanan (/ʃn bəˈhænən/ shane buh-HAN-en;[1] born September 24, 1992)[2] is an American basketball player for the Salt Lake City Stars 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. A communications major, Behanan made the Dean's List in his first two semesters at Louisville.[2][5][6]

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. 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 December 30, Pitino announced that Behanan was dismissed from the team for violation of university policy.[7] Behanan later admitted that he was dismissed from the team for use of marijuana.[8]

On January 27, 2014, it was reported that Behanan had enrolled at Colorado State University.[9] However, before making an appearance for Colorado State, Behanan declared for the 2014 NBA draft.[10]

On April 2, 2014, Louisville police cited Behanan for marijuana possession, after Behanan did an interview with local radio station WHBE.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2014–2015)[edit]

Behanan went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft but on November 1, 2014, Behanan was selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Development League Draft.[12] On February 6, 2015, he was waived by Rio Grande Valley.[13] In 13 games with one start, Behanan averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds.[14] On April 2, 2015, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns,[13] but never played for them.

Soles de Mexicali (2015–2016)[edit]

On November 27, 2015, Behanan signed with Soles de Mexicali of Mexico.[15]

Santeros de Aguada (2016)[edit]

On February 24, 2016, he signed with Santeros de Aguada of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[16] Behanan lead the Santeros to the semifinals of the 2016 season where the Santeros eventually lost 4–2 to the league subchampions Vaqueros de Bayamón. He averaged 17.5 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game in the regular season making him a candidate for the league Most Valuable Player award.[17]

Reno Bighorns (2016–2017)[edit]

On October 31, 2016, Behanan was re-acquired by the Reno Bighorns.[18] In 19 games, he averaged 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.[19]

Salt Lake City Stars (2017–present)[edit]

On February 2, 2017, Behanan was traded to the Salt Lake City Stars.[19]


  1. ^ "Chane Behanan - Forward". Name Engine. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Chane Behanan". University of Louisville Sports Information. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. 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. ^ "Dean's List, Fall 2011". University of Louisville. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dean's List, Spring 2012". University of Louisville. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chane Behanan Suspended: Louisville Disciplines Star Forward". Huffington Post. 2013-10-17. 
  8. ^ King, Jason (February 14, 2014). "Life After Louisville: Chane Behanan Making the Most of His Second Chance". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Goodman, Jeff (27 January 2014). "Chane Behanan to join Colorado St.". 
  10. ^ O'Neil, Dana (28 April 2014). "Chane Behanan entering NBA draft". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Brown, C.L. (April 2, 2014). "Dismissed Chane Behanan cited". ESPN. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b NBA D-League 2014–15 Transactions Archived June 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
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  15. ^ "Soles land Chane Behanan". November 27, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Chane Behanan signs with Santeros de Aguada". February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  17. ^ Estadísticas
  18. ^ "BIGHORNS ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Stars Acquire Chane Behanan From Bighorns". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 

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