With the NBA Draft fast approaching, we continue our coverage of all potential ACC selections with our draft profiles. Next up in this multi-part series is Boston College star shooter Olivier Hanlan.
PG/SG Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
- Age 22
- 6’4″ 186 lbs.
- Wingspan: 6’6.5″
- No-Step Vertical: 28″
- Max Vertical: 34″
Olivier Hanlan is not the most athletic guy in the world and he isn’t going to blow you away on the defensive end, but the kid can flat out shoot the basketball. As a junior in his final year with Boston College this past season, Hanlan led the ACC in scoring averaging 19.5 points per game on a shade over 45% shooting from the floor. Additionally, Hanlan shot 35% from three point land and 76% from the free throw line while logging nearly 38 of a possible 40 minutes per contest.
Hanlan’s impressive ability to singlehandedly carry a very poor Boston College team opened the eyes of pro scouts who went searching for Hanlan’s potential upside. His passing ability and court vision are serviceable enough for him to potentially man the point guard position at the NBA level, but he better projects as a shooting guard in the pros. Hanlan only averaged 4.2 assists per game last year, a number which would have been much higher had he played for a better program. A more telling statistic however, is his nearly three turnovers per game, which led to a mediocre 1.56 assist to turnover ratio. While some may write this off to the fact that he had to do everything himself offensively, others may believe that he is turnover prone, which would be a trend that could continue at the next level.
Additionally, there are questions about whether or not Hanlan will be able to adequately defend the perimeter in the NBA, as defense was not his calling card at Boston College. His size will contribute to any struggles he has, as he stands at 6’4″ and less than 200 pounds, with only a 6’5.5″ to 6’6″ wing span. He has good frontline speed getting up and down the court with the ball, but defensively his lateral quickness will be tested and is definitely a question mark heading into next month’s draft.
When all is said and done, Hanlan possesses too much offensive upside to not be selected come June 25th, and while he may not project as a starter at the next level, his mid-range and three point shooting ability make him a solid selection late in the draft to a team willing to develop him into a potential role player down the road.
NBA Draft Projection: Mid-to-late Second Round