Olivier Hanlan To Declare For Draft

Boston College junior combo guard Olivier Hanlan will declare for this year’s draft, sources tell Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (Twitter link). The 22-year-old has already begun preparing for predraft workouts, Givony notes, and it seems his performance in those auditions would be key if he is to hear his name called at the June 25th draft. He’s the 60th-best prospect on Givony‘s board, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks him 75th.

The 6’4″ Hanlan led the ACC in scoring at 19.5 points per game, and he also recorded 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 turnovers per contest. He carried a heavy workload, leading the conference in minutes per game at 37.6 while putting up the ACC’s second highest total of shots from the floor for a Boston College team that finished only 13-19. He’s a versatile scorer, but his free-throw attempts per game dipped from 7.1 last year to 4.5 this year, and while Ford’s profile pegs him a good shooter, he’s made only 35% of his three-point attempts the last two seasons put together.

Hanlan has been the leading scorer for the Eagles in each of his three college seasons, but none of those teams finished with a winning record. The last time Boston College finished above .500, in 2010/11, its leading scorer was Reggie Jackson, a combo guard like Hanlan. Jackson was a first-round pick, but he’s proven more valuable than most selected at No. 24, where the Thunder grabbed him in 2011.

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