Missouri State v Louisville

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.

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

Video credit: Wyoming Athletics

Defensive progress will determine No. 4 Iowa State’s ceiling

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Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.

Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.

Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.

Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.

Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.

But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.