Hanlan's Exit Leaves Huge Hole in BC Offense

Olivier Hanlan, Boston College's leading scorer, declared for the NBA Draft Monday. Hanlan is one of four BC guards who will leave the Heights this spring. Those four players combined for almost 75 percent of the Eagles offense. BC has two recruits lined up, but need a solid freshmen class in order to succeed next season.

Olivier Hanlan, Boston College’s leading scorer and All-ACC first team guard, is headed for the NBA. The junior averaged 19.5 points per game last season and led the Eagles to a 13-15 record. The 6’4”, 190-pound guard out of Quebec, Canada is projected to be selected in the second round of the draft after leading the team in scoring all three of his seasons at BC.

Hanlan and Aaron Brown were the only two Eagles to average over nine points per game this season and both won’t be with the team in 2016. The Eagles will lose their top four leading scorers as Patrick Heckmann and Dimitri Batten, who averaged 8.4 and 7.3 points per game respectively, will also leave the team this spring.

Averaging all four guards points per game, the Eagles will lose a combined 50 out of their 65.8 points per game. Coach Jim Christian will have to recruit well this spring as the Eagles will have a serious problem scoring the basketball unless they can find some young guns to come to the Heights.

Christian has already secured the talents of A.J. Turner and Matt Milon who can provide instant minutes and scoring. Turner is a 6’7”, 185-pound small forward from Warren, Michigan. He is listed as a four-star recruit who can shoot, drive, and dish from the wing, according to ESPN.

Milon is a 6’4”, 180-pound shooting guard from Oviedo, Florida. ESPN ranks him as a three-star guard who has a smooth shot and straight-line driving ability.

The Eagles are still in search of a point guard, as Hanlan was their ball-handler and distributor last season. Currently though, Christian is focusing on luring a four-star power forward from LeGrange Georgia in Shawntrez Davis. The 6’9”, 215 pound center/forward is listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, but he has yet to sign his letter of intent. Clemson, Georgia, and Maryland are among a slew of teams interested in the high school senior. Scout’s recruiting analyst Josh Gershon thinks Davis is one of the best available posts in the 2015 class and could really help the Eagles down low. BC was unable to score from the block this season, as the Eagles had only one big average over five points per game in Dennis Clifford. They also averaged five less boards per game than their opponent, and having someone who can score, rebound, and defend in the paint would really improve the guard heavy Eagles.

The bottom line is Christian has his work cut out for him on the recruiting front, as losing his top four scorers from the 2014-2015 campaign will not make next season any easier. Although it technically won’t be a rebuilding year, the Eagles will struggle to match their 13 wins next season as they look for players to step up to fill the gaps left by the departing talent.

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