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Even Chane Behanan admitted to being surprised at his most recent performance.
After averaging 14.7 points and leading the Hawks to the championship game, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Behanan was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
“I was shocked,” Behanan, the No. 6 power forward in the Class of 2011, said Sunday night in a phone interview. “I felt good this morning. A lot of people came through that camp and I was the most outstanding one so I was kind of happy.”
Behanan’s phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook the way you might expect, but he did pick up an offer from Indiana Sunday.
“Indiana just called and offered me right off the top,” said Behanan, who attends Bowling Green (Ky.) High. “I’ll probably go to Indiana Thursday. It’s like two hours [away]. I’m not sure yet.”
Behanan, who decommitted from Cincinnati last year, said the rest of his list includes West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Purdue, Alabama, Texas, Kansas, Purdue and Georgia.
Though he lists Kentucky, John Calipari and his staff haven’t yet reached out.
“No, they haven’t,” he said. “I [haven’t] heard from them in a long time so I don’t really know where they stand, so I’m just patiently waiting.”
Would he like to hear from them?
“Oh yeah, I would,” he said.
Repeating comments he made to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Behanan said he was hoping to face Kentucky-bound rising senior wing Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.
The No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2011, Gilchrist wasn’t at the NBA Top 100 Camp. He is training with the USA U17 team in San Antonio, along with Andre Drummond, Tony Wroten, Brad Beal, Kyle Anderson and others.
“I know he had stuff to do,” Behanan said of Gilchrist. “I wasn’t disappointed. I would like to face him though.”
As for college, Behanan said he hopes to bring a Ron Artest-type energy wherever he lands.
“I’ll just be a sparkplug,” he said. “Another Ron Artest. Making plays and getting everybody else off.”
(Photo courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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