Ex-UofL forward Behanan announces he'll enter the NBA draft

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by Matt L. Stephens, The Coloradoan

The Coloradoan

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 5:11 PM

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan officially announced Monday that he'll forgo his senior season at CSU and enter the NBA draft.

In a statement released by Colorado State University on Monday, Behanan said:

"After a lot of thought, I have decided to put my name into the NBA draft and begin my professional career. I want to thank coach (Larry) 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."

Attempts by The Coloradoan to reach Behanan for further comment have been unsuccessful.

Behanan signed with CSU in January and has been taking online courses following his December dismissal from Louisville for violating team rules. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2012-13, helping the Cardinals win the NCAA championship. He played in only 12 games as a junior this past season, averaging 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.

The official status of Behanan with CSU had been in question, even without him considering entering the draft. The 6-foot-6 forward, who wouldn't have become eligible to play for the Rams until late December, was given an arrest citation by Louisville police on April 2 for possession of marijuana and has a court date set for Tuesday.

Eustachy hasn't commented on Behanan's status with the team since the incident aside from a news release calling the news "very concerning."

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