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Chane Behanan transfer to American blocked; wants help from John Lucas

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(UPDATE: It turns out that the ACC’s transfer rules — not allowing a player to transfer to another program in the conference — do not yet apply to Louisville, so Chane Behanan will be allowed to transfer to a school in the league if he so chooses.)


It will be interesting to see what the next step in Chane Behanan’s career will be.

After getting booted out of Louisville, the former McDonald’s All-American is at a crossroads. He can sit out the rest of the season, transfer and then spend the 2014-2015 season redshirting, which will give him a full year of eligibility. He can enroll at a new school for the spring semester, in which case he will be eligible for the second semester next season. Or he can workout with a trainer, get an agent and try to find a way to scrape out a living as a professional basketball player.

He’s probably not going to be an NBA player, which means that the next few years of his life are not going to be all that glamourous.

It’s still early in the process and it’s unclear exactly what his decision will be, but what’s clear is that he likely won’t be allowed to transfer to another ACC or American program.

“In accordance with NCAA Bylaw, the University of Louisville grants all institutions with the exception of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member schools permission to contact University of Louisville student athlete Chane Behanan,” according to the letter sent by John C. Carns, Senior Associate AD for Compliance, and obtained by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.

“In addition, Chane is currently subject to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) intra-conference transfer policy for the 2013-14 academic year.”

Zagoria is also reporting that Arizona State, Northwestern, Utah, Delaware, Oregon and Iowa State have all expressed interest in Behanan’s services, but it’s clear he has other options. He’s looking at heading to Houston to spend time with John Lucas

“I’m hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity — wherever it may be,” Behanan told ESPN.com. “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. First I’m going to go get help.”

Part of what Lucas does in Houston, in addition to working out athletes looking to get a second chance, is run an alcohol and drug treatment facility. Lucas had drug problems of his own during his playing days.

Boise State loses guard Harwell to torn ACL

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Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.

Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.

Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.

Knee injury sidelines Illinois forward Leron Black

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Illinois will be shorthanded in its front court for the time being, as during the team’s media day Thursday head coach John Groce announced that sophomore forward Leron Black is out due to injury.

Black will undergo surgery Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, and he’s expected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks. A return after four weeks would have Black back on the court just before the Fighting Illini open their season November 13 against North Florida. Any longer and the Memphis native would wind up missing some game action.

Black averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in just under 15 minutes of action per game as a freshman. He’s one of the players expected to contribute in the front court for the Fighting Illini, who lost their best interior defender and second-leading rebounder in Nnanna Egwu at the end of last season (guard Rayvonte Rice, who led the team in rebounding, is also gone).

In addition to Black and junior Maverick Morgan, Illinois adds redshirt freshman Michael Finke and grad student Mike Thorne Jr. (via Charlotte) to their front court rotation.