"I was struggling before Christmas and I was playing read bad," Hanlan remembered. "[Coach Pete Hutchins] kind of got mad at me and told me I never worked out."
"When I got back after Christmas I started going every morning," Hanlan said. "It helped my confidence and I got more consistent on the court."
The extra effort paid off. Now, according to the New Hampton (N.H.) School coach Hanlan is their best player.
"There was a point last year where he was in the gym every day at 6:15 [in the morning] four days out of the week," Hutchins told Scout.com.
"That's when his confidence really started to come around," he added. "Right now he's playing with supreme confidence. He's far and away has been our best and most consistent player."
Hutchins also cited Hanlan's leadership skills and improved jump shots as areas of improvement.
"I think he's really progressed as a leader," Hutchins said. "He's clearly the leader of this team and this program right now. He's become a very good shooter, which is something a year ago when he got here was where he needed to improve the most.
Now Hanlan, a 6-foot-2 lead guard, had a handful of high major programs knocking down his door.
"I went to [Virginia] Tech a few weeks back and I came back from B.C. last weekend," Hanlan said. "I'm probably going to schedule a visit to Notre Dame."
"I visited to two and I'm trying schedule a visit to Notre Dame," he added.
Hanlan also told Scout.com that he fully intended to sign during the early signing period, which begins November 9th.
"I'll be making my decision a little before that."