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Olivier Hanlan passes up NBA draft, will return to Boston College for junior year 04.16.14 at 6:23 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — While new coach Jim Christian is looking to rebuild the basketball program, he is getting a big piece back from the Steve Donahue era.

Sophomore Olivier Hanlan announced Tuesday that he will forego the NBA draft this spring and return to Boston College for his junior year.

Hanlan, the 6-foot-4 swingman, broke onto the scene with a sensational freshman season and set an ACC tournament freshman record for scoring with 41 points against Georgia Tech on March 14, 2013. The Eagles won 84-64. Hanlan went on to win ACC Rookie of the Year.

This past season, Hanlan ranked third in the ACC in scoring (18.5), fourth in minutes (36.2), sixth in free throw percentage (.811) and seventh in field goal percentage (.447). During conference play, he ranked second in scoring (18.4) and fourth in field goal percentage (.460).

The Aylmer, Quebec, product became the third player in Boston College history and the 29th player in ACC history to reach 1,000 points as a sophomore (1,100). Troy Bell and Craig Smith were the other Eagles to accomplish that feat and they are first and second on the BC career scoring list, respectively.

Hanlan was an All-ACC third-team selection this year after being named the conference Rookie of the Year in 2013.

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Ryan Anderson to transfer from Boston College 04.08.14 at 7:44 am ET
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Junior forward Ryan Anderson announced on Twitter Monday evening that he will transfer from Boston College after three years with the basketball program.

 

Anderson’€™s announcement came one day before newly tabbed head coach Jim Christian will have his introductory press conference.

During his junior season, Anderson, a Lakewood, Calif., native, was the second most productive player for the Eagles. In 32 starts this season, Anderson averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Anderson was second only to sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan, who averaged 18.5 points per game. Hanlan told the Boston Herald on Monday that he is roughly a week and a half away from making his decision about whether or not he will leave BC to enter the NBA draft.

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BC’s Olivier Hanlan sweeps ACC rookie honors 03.19.13 at 8:43 pm ET
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One week after being named ACC Freshman of the Year by the league’s media, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan was named Rookie of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Hanlan averaged 15.4 points per game, ranking him fifth in the ACC. He scored an ACC freshman record 41 points in BC’s ACC tournament victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday.

Miami won the league’s other three awards announced Tuesday: Player of the Year for Shane Larkin, Defensive Player of the Year for Durand Scott and Coach of the Year for Jim Larranaga.

Hanlan was a unanimous choice on the coaches’ All-ACC Freshman team, while teammate Ryan Anderson was named All-ACC third team.

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Olivier Hanlan explodes for 41 in ACC tourney win over Georgia Tech 03.14.13 at 2:25 pm ET
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Two days after being named ACC Freshman of the Year, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan exploded for 41 points, setting an ACC tournament first-round scoring record in leading the Eagles to an 84-64 victory over Georgia Tech in Greensboro, N.C.

Eight-seeded BC (16-16) advances to play ACC regular-season champion Miami in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Hanlan, who shot 14-of-18, including 8-of-10 3-pointers, and hit his final 12 shots, surpassed the all-time freshman scoring record of 40 points, set by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes in 2011, and he came within four points of the highest-scoring game in ACC tournament history (45 by UNC’s Lenny Rosenbluth in 1957). He also scored the most points by any ACC player this season.

“I felt everything was going in,” Hanlan said in an on-court interview with ESPN after the game. “I was lucky enough to have my teammates finding me on the wings. I was just hot. I was lucky today.”

Said BC coach Steve Donahue: “I think after those first two misses, I think they kind of relaxed on him, and he took that as a challenge. I know he’s worked very hard on his stand-still shooting. He’s a very good stand-still shooter, and I think he showed that today.”

Also for BC, Joe Rahon had 15 points and seven assists, Ryan Anderson scored 11 points, Patrick Heckmann netted 10 and Eddie Odio had seven points and 10 rebounds.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Tech (16-15), which shot just 32 percent for the game.

The way this one started out, it did not appear that BC would be sticking around long. The Eagles surrendered the first 15 points of the game, shooting 0-for-9 and turning the ball over three times until Odio followed his own miss with a dunk 5:14 into the game. That started a run of nine BC points, capped by 3-pointers from Hanlan and Rahon, to get the Eagles back in the game.

“We just started out flat and we were just not aggressive,” Hanlan said. “When we called that first timeout, coach was like, we’ve got to be aggressive, not be scared on offense and just really get stops on defense. So, we really turned it up.”

Hanlan later scored six points during an 11-0 BC run that got the Eagles with three points, 28-25. BC’s first-half comeback was complete when, in the final minute, Heckmann hit a driving layup to to the score. Hanlan followed with a steal and short bank shot and then swished a 3-pointer with two seconds left to cap a 7-0 run and give BC a 38-33 halftime lead.

Hanlan had 21 of BC’s 38 first-half points.

The Eagles built their lead up to double digits three minutes into the second half and pulled away from there.

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BC’s Olivier Hanlan named ACC Freshman of the Year 03.12.13 at 1:58 pm ET
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Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan was named ACC Freshman of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Hanlan, who on Monday was the only unanimous selection to the league’s All-Freshman team, received 43 of 77 votes, well ahead of Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon (15) and NC State’s T.J. Warren (12).

Hanlan, who also was an All-ACC honorable mention, averages 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

“It is a great honor for him and well deserved, mostly because he is someone who is putting a great amount of work in to improve both on and off the basketball court,” BC coach Steve Donahue said in a release from the school. “It is also a credit to his teammates for trusting him with the ball quite a bit. Their unselfishness has made him better as well.”

BC plays in the ACC tournament on Thursday at noon against Georgia Tech.

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BC’s Ryan Anderson, Olivier Hanlan receive All-ACC honors 03.11.13 at 2:05 pm ET
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Boston College sophomore Ryan Anderson was named to the All-ACC third team, while teammate Olivier Hanlan was the only unanimous choice for the All-ACC Freshman team, the conference announced Monday. (For a complete list of the honorees, click here.)

Hanlan also was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday, his fourth such honor.

Anderson ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and sixth in scoring (15.1 ppg). Hanlan is eighth in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg).

The Eagles open play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday at noon against Georgia Tech.

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Olivier Hanlan’s big second half leads BC past Clemson 03.05.13 at 9:36 pm ET
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Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Boston College to a 68-61 victory at Clemson on Tuesday night.

Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (14-16, 6-11 ACC), who rallied in the second half and then held off a late Clemson surge. Freshman guard Joe Rahon added 10 points and seven boards.

Senior forwards Devin Booker (19 points, eight rebounds) and Milton Jennings (18 points, seven boards) led the way for Clemson (13-16, 5-12) on Senior Night at Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Tigers had not lost to the Eagles in five previous meetings all-time.

BC trailed by five with 11:47 left, 43-38, but Hanlan fueled a 17-3 run with nine points (including BC’s first seven). When Anderson hit a layup with 5:13 remaining, the BC lead was 11 at 55-46. Clemson closed to within three points with 1:35 left on two free throws by Booker, but Hanlan hit a clutch 19-foot step-back jumper with 56 seconds left and then made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to ice it

BC, which entered the night in a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference, closes out the regular season with a game vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday at Conte Forum.

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Another close loss for BC, this time at Florida State 02.16.13 at 2:48 pm ET
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Michael Snaer scored 21 points to lead Florida State to a 69-66 victory over Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

Olivier Hanlan scored 19 points for BC (11-14, 3-9), while Ryan Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles rallied late and had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Anderson’s 3-point try bounced off the rim.

The Seminoles (14-11, 6-6) led by as much as 12 in the first half before settling for a 31-26 halftime lead. BC took a 45-42 lead after a Patrick Heckmann 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes remaining, but FSU responded with a 12-2 run and never trailed again.

The margin was seven with just over two minutes left when Joe Rahon hit a 3-pointer to start BC’s final push. After four free throws for each team, Lonnie Jackson hit a layup with six seconds left to make it a two-point game.

Terry Whisnant II hit 1-of-2 free with five seconds left to up FSU’s lead to three, and Anderson’s attempt to tie it bounced off the front rim, giving BC’s its sixth ACC loss by five points or less.

The Eagles next host Maryland on Tuesday.

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BC misses chance to knock off No. 4 Duke 02.10.13 at 8:13 pm ET
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Boston College has shown the ability to play with most every team in the ACC. What the Eagles can’t seem to do is come up with a basket in the closing seconds of a winnable game. That trend continued Sunday night at Conte Forum, as fourth-ranked Duke scored the game’s final six points and escaped with a 62-61 victory behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Mason Plumlee.

Oliver Hanlan scored a game-high 20 points for the Eagles (10-13, 2-8 ACC), but his pull-up jumper just inside the free throw line with four seconds left was well off to the left. Teammate Ryan Anderson (17 points) grabbed the rebound and was undercut from behind by Duke’s Quinn Cook, falling to the ground and losing the ball, but no foul was called and time expired as the players scrambled for possession.

BC used a late 10-1 run — sparked by Anderson’s six points and one assist — to take a 61-56 lead with 2:15 left after two free throws from Hanlan. However, the Eagles would not score again. Duke (21-2, 8-2) started its comeback with a 3-pointer by Cook with just under two minutes left. With 46 seconds remaining, two free throws from Plumlee tied it at 61.

Following a missed 3-point try from BC’s Joe Rahon, Plumlee was fouled after grabbing the rebound. He hit 1-of-2 free throws with 25 seconds left for a 62-61 Duke lead.

Duke, which had to fly into Boston earlier Sunday due to snowstorm-forced airline cancellations Saturday, came out flat. The Blue Devils did not score for the first five minutes, but BC only managed four points in the that time. The teams were tied at 27 at the half.

Seth Curry finished with 18 points for Duke, the only team in the AP’s top five not to lose in the past week.

BC next host Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Harvard lost for the time in Ivy League play this season, a 78-63 setback at Columbia in a game delayed one day by the snowstorm. Wesley Saunders scored 27 points for the Crimson (13-7, 5-1). Columbia’s Steve Frankoski also scored 27.

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Cold-shooting BC blown out by No. 8 Miami 02.05.13 at 9:32 pm ET
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Rion Brown scored 22 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers, as eighth-ranked Miami rolled to a 72-50 victory over Boston College on Tuesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Kenny Kadji added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 ACC), who never trailed. After BC cut a 10-point halftime deficit to six early in the second half, Kadji sparked a 17-4 run by scoring 10 points (including a four-point play) over his team’s next four possessions.

For BC, Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points, but he was the only Eagle to shoot at least 50 percent (8-for-14). BC finished at 37.0 percent, and just 21.7 percent from 3-point range. Ryan Anderson contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The road gets no easier for the Eagles (10-12, 2-7), as they next host fourth-ranked Duke on Sunday night.

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