June 10, 2009

Behanan family sets the record straight

One of the biggest names on the Cincinnati prep basketball scene over the past two years is 2011 Cincinnati commit Chane Behanan, but if Bearcat fans want to watch him play this winter they will have to take a trip south to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Behanan's mother, Heaven Warren, has been looking to move her family out of the city and to a slower pace of life for a while now and the timing was finally right. Rumors about the move and her son's commitment to UC have swirled on the internet for months now, and Warren wanted to set the record straight as the family gets situated in their new home.

"As far as the basketball part of it, the move was in the works for a few years. The move was strictly family related. Chane is still committed to UC, and none of those rumors are true at all."

After a whirlwind week that not only included moving, but meeting his new coach and teammates at Bowling Green High School, Behanan made the trip back to Cincinnati to play with the 16U Queen City Prophets in the Ohio State AAU tournament over the weekend at Princeton and gave us his thoughts on the move and how his game has progressed this spring.

"The move is kinda hard for me because I love Cincinnati. I'm just going to go down there and play my hardest like I would if I was still here."

Maybe the biggest impact of his progress since the end of his high school season was a trip to Las Vegas for the Adidas Nations Skill Camp. The event is structured around fundamentals and drills instead of the pick up style nature of AAU play, and when he returned a new mentality started to emerge.

"It opened my eyes to attacking more and just being aggressive. That's what I've been trying to do since I got back and I'm improving every game."

Once thought of as a prospect that would have to likely move to the wing at the next level, Behanan has continued to grow and gain muscle, and now at 6'7" 230 he has the frame to do damage around the rim with more than just thunderous dunks. His post moves have shown a lot of improvement since his trip to Vegas due to the attention that part of his game got in the camp.

"The main thing they focused on at Adidas Nations was my back to the basket game. They wanted me to be confident and take the defender with confidence in my shot."

That's not to take away from the fact he is more confident that ever handling the ball and expanding his game out to the wing when the situation arises. Those years working on honing his face up game are starting to blend with the new ability to do damage in the post.

"With a big defender on me, it helps that I know how to handle the ball. It's been a big advantage learning how to use that when I need it."

After leading his Queen City team to the 16U State Title Behanan stepped back on the floor with the Queen City Profits 17U team to take on Jared Sullinger and Adreian Payne with All Ohio Red. All Ohio dominated the game, but Behanan more than held his own against the 2010 5 star big men. He scored 12 points and pulled down around 8 rebounds to go with 2 steals and a very impressive block on Payne at the end of the 1st half where he came from behind and pinned the ball on the glass as time expired. He held the #8 player in the 2010 class to 4 points and virtually zero impact on the game. When asked how he was able to get it done the answer was simple.

"That's all weight room work there. Adreian's a good player, I just had the bulk on him."

When asked if his commitment to Cincinnati was still a solid one, Behanan answered with a firm "Yes sir."

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