Boston College's Olivier Hanlan Makes A Strong Case For ACC Freshman of the Year

By Horran Cameron
Bob DeChiara USA TODAY Sports

The Boston College Eagles are the best-kept secret in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This is not a joke. Yes, their overall record is 14-16 and their record in the ACC conference is 6-11. However, on the bright side, their starting lineup consists of sophomores and freshmen. Although their backcourt is arguably the youngest backcourt in the ACC, both guards should make the freshman all-ACC team easily. Ryan Anderson will probably be a second team all-ACC selection this season. Next season, the nation will hear more about his star potential.

Anderson was  the star player last night against the Clemson Tigers, but Olivier Hanlan stole the show. Hanlan finished the game with 24 points, five rebounds and three assists as Boston College beat Clemson 68-61. Boston College’s freshman guard has had a stellar season. He averages 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Hanlan is the ninth ranked leading scorer in the ACC, right behind James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina Tar Heels). However, no one talks about him.

In fact, Boston College does not get too much respect as a team. Yes, this is due to their losing record, which is obvious. When it comes to the ACC Freshman of the Year, though, Hanlan makes a strong case. He will have to compete with North Carolina’s Marcus Paige and North Carolina State‘s T.J. Warren.

The game against Clemson was the fifth time that he has scored at least 20 points and grabbed four rebounds in a game. He can play both guard positions, which is a plus due to the strong competition in the ACC. With the ACC Tournament around the corner, possibly he will continue his strong play and turn a few heads in the process.

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