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Chane Behanan: Humbled and ready to shake up NBA Draft

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 29: Chane Behanan #21 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball during the game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at KFC YUM! Center on November 29, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan says his past off the court issues taught him a life lesson. "Some people change when you're down, [but] when you're up they are with you," Behanan said.

It was just over a year ago that Chane Behanan averaged about 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012-2013 season that culminated in a NCAA March Madness Championship victory.

By the end of 2013, Behanan was dismissed from Louisville for violating university policy. After considering a transfer for a short time, he elected to enter the NBA Draft in April.

Currently, he is perfecting his craft when he's not working out for NBA teams. Behanan is confident his experience playing at Louisville has him poised to perform well for coaches during his workouts.

"Coach Pitino is one of the best coaches I've played under," Behanan said. "He prepped us well for the NBA workouts. Some of the things I've been [asked to do], I'm familiar with already."

Behanan is currently listed as a power forward and is about 6'6" and weighs about 248 pounds. Despite being undersized, he's been very effective at his position. He collected at least 6 rebounds in 51 of 79 career games, recorded a block in 30 games, and has been a double figure scorer in 37 games.

In his last year full year as a starter, Behanan made the Final Four All-Tournament team, producing a double-double against Michigan in the national championship game with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He also had 10 points and nine rebounds against Wichita State in the national semifinals.

The biggest question mark isn't on the court for Behanan, it is off the court and whether or not he can stay out of trouble.

He believes his love for the game will help him turn over a new leaf. "The game can change you mentally, it can make you mature faster," Behanan said. "I'm focused, dedicated, and disciplined right now."

Behanan last worked out with the Indiana Pacers on June 9.

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