LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- This may be an episode out of ‘Scared Straight.’ Have you ever seen the TV show featuring troubled youths visiting a prison and they basically get yelled at by inmates? The purpose is to get these kids to see if they keep heading down the path they’re on they’ll also end up behind bars. For Chane Behanan, it’s time to grow up.
Rick Pitino announced Thursday Behanan has been suspended from the Cards Basketball team, indefinitely. The reason for the suspension wasn’t given. Pitino said it was a bunch of little things that added up over time. There are parameters in which Behanan must follow in order to rejoin the team, but the junior has already violated at least one stipulation. The earliest he can return is at some point in December. I believe this was just a warning shot.
We know what kind of player Chane can be on the court. If you need a reminder just watch the last 10 minutes of the national championship game against Michigan, he was unstoppable. He’s also a likeable kid. For someone in my business he’s fun to talk with and a quote machine. However, everything good on the court for Behanan will go away if he can’t mature as a person off the hardwood.
In my opinion, Behanan isn’t an automatic for the NBA. He’s an undersized power forward with limited range. The last thing he needs is a cloud hanging over his head or the dreaded red flag. You have to be extremely talented for a team to look past a red flag. Does Chane have that kind of talent? I’m not so sure.
Chane Behanan has a chance to make a living at playing basketball. If you talk with him there’s no other options. It’s basketball or bust. The next few months will give us that answer.