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Chane Behanan leaving college for pro basketball career

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The basketball career of former University of Louisville forward Chane Behanan has taken another left turn.

Instead of following through on his pledge to play at Colorado State, Behanan announced on Twitter Monday that he has made himself eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft. Most projections do not forecast that Behanan will be selected in the two rounds.

Behanan was dismissed from the U of L team in late December for what coach Rick Pitino said was a violation of team rules. In February, Behanan told Jason King of Bleacher Report that he was dismissed because of a failed drug test.

Behanan lived in Houston and worked with NBA counselor John Lucas after his dismissal. He committed to play for coach Larry Eustachy at Colorado State. But that is no longer his plan.

"I have thought and weighed my options for the upcoming year & I have decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA draft for 2014," Behanan said on Twitter.

"I want to thank my family, friends, UofL staff, CSU staff, and everyone involved in this process and that has supported me along my journey."

In this story posted at, Behanan also thanked the people at CSU for their support over "the last five months," even though he was still playing for Louisville four months ago.

Behanan scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds when Louisville defeated Michigan in the 2013 NCAA championship game. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Cardinals as a sophomore. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in a dozen games before he was dismissed after the Dec. 28 game at Kentucky.

Behanan likely will have to play overseas professionally because he is viewed as an undersized power forward who lacks the ball-handling and mid-range jump shot to play on the perimeter.

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