Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan headed to Colorado State

Andy Lyons

The junior will be eligible to play for the Rams in mid-December of 2014.

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has decided to transfer to Colorado State, where he will be eligible to play in mid-December of 2014. The news was first reported by Bleacher Report.

Behanan was a starter at power forward on both Louisville's 2012 Final Four team and its 2013 national championship squad. He spent the first half of the 2013-14 season coming off the bench after being hit with an indefinite suspension during the summer. He was then dismissed permanently for an undisclosed violation of university policy on Dec. 30.

Many had assumed Behanan would throw his name into the mix for this summer's NBA Draft, but the junior said he still has unfinished business at the amateur level.

"I wanted to get my degree," Behanan told ESPN.com on Monday. "I'm about 38 hours short. I also felt as though it was the right fit with Coach Eustachy."

Since the dismissal, Behanan has been in Houston working with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches.

"I feel much better off the court," Behanan said. "Everything's falling into place. John Lucas is a great role model and leader -- and he's helped me a ton over the last few weeks."

Behanan played a pivotal role in Louisville cutting down the nets last season, averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. He was at his best when the stage was the biggest, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Cardinals' triumph over Michigan in the national title game.

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