FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State men’s basketball head coach Larry Eustachy announced Monday that Chane Behanan, a former national champion at Louisville who transferred to Colorado State mid-season, will forgo his final semester of collegiate eligibility after declaring himself eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.
“I know that this is an incredibly difficult decision for a young man to make, having been through this in the past with guys like Marcus Fizer,” said Eustachy. “It is clear that Chane has all the tools necessary to be successful at the next level, and my staff and I fully support his choice to enter the draft.”
Behanan enrolled at Colorado State in January, and was slated to compete for the Rams at the conclusion of the fall semester next season.
“After a lot of thought, I have decided to put my name into the NBA draft and begin my professional career,” said Behanan. “I want to thank Coach Eustachy and his staff for the opportunity to continue my college career at Colorado State, and for their support over the past five months. This was a very difficult decision, but after speaking with my family, Coach (John) Lucas, and Coach Eustachy I knew that I had their support to make what I felt was the best decision for me at this point in time.”
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Behanan was a 2011 McDonald’s All-America selection and a Parade Magazine second-team All-American during his high school career. A first-team all-state selection as a junior and senior at Bowling Green High School, Behanan was ranked No. 27 nationally in the ESPN 100, 21st by Rivals.com, 23rd by Scout.com, and No. 16 by USA Today before enrolling at Louisville.
During his time with the Cardinals, Behanan played in 91 games with 74 starts and averaged 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, earning NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team honors while helping the Cardinals to a national championship run that included a win over Colorado State in the third round of the tournament in 2013.
He tallied five points and three rebounds in 20 minutes of action against the Rams, and impressed in the Final Four with 10 points and nine rebounds in the national semifinal against Wichita State before posting a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the national championship game victory over Michigan.