Hanlen Sets Official Visits

Webster Groves (Mo.) point guard Drew Hanlen knows what he's looking for in a Division I basketball program. Now, over the next few months, he'll work on taking his official visits and trying to figure out which school is the best fit.

"I want to go to a good program," Hanlen said on Tuesday. "I want to go to a program that can win their conference and go to the NCAA tournament. I want to go to a school with a good academic program that can set me up after college."

The 5-foot-11 point guard said he was up to 10 scholarship offers, including financial aid packages from Ivy League school, but has narrowed that list down to six and set up official visits to four so far.

Hanlen will be visiting Belmont this weekend, will visit Yale on Sept. 21-22, Arkansas-Little Rock on Oct. 5-6 and North Carolina-Greensboro on Oct. 12-13.

For his final official visit, Hanlen is considering East Tennessee State and Loyola-Chicago. "They've both said they'd have scholarships for me," he said.

The recruiting process has gone well. The Webster Groves standout had earlier eliminated schools like Southeast Missouri State, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay, Columbia, Harvard and Lehigh.

"I'm happy with how it's going," Hanlen said. "I really like most of the coaching staffs that I'm talking to. That's one of the reasons why I'm still looking at those schools."

Those schools, which play in a variety of conferences, all basically fit what Hanlen is looking for.

Last season, Belmont went 23-9, was second in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings, won the conference tournament for the second consecutive season and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament (as a No. 15 seed) to Georgetown.

Yale went 14-13 last year and finished second in the Ivy League.

Arkansas-Little Rock went 13-17 last season and finished fifth in the Sun Belt Conference's West Division.

North Carolina-Greensboro went 16-14 and was second in the Southern Conference's North Division.

East Tennessee State went 24-9 and finished first in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings, but lost to Belmont in the league tournament's title game.

Loyola-Chicago went 21-11 last season and finished third in the Horizon League.

Wherever he ends up, Hanlen will be a nice addition. He was a back-up point guard for the Statesmen as a freshman, but quickly showed that he had poise under pressure, wouldn't back down from anyone and could hold his own against players who were bigger, stronger and more experienced.

He averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 assists per game as a freshman and made 23 of 60 3-point attempts (38.3 percent).

As a sophomore starter, Hanlen averaged 13.2 points per game, made 64 of 146 3-point attempts (43.8 percent) and was one of the top players in the Suburban South Conference.

As a junior, Hanlen was the top player in the conference, earning the Suburban South's player of the year honor. He averaged 17.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game and made 58 of 146 3-point attempts (39.7 percent) while playing mostly on the wing as a shooting guard.

Hanlen will slide back to his natural point guard position this winter and will play that spot wherever he ends up the subsequent years.

"Most of them are recruiting me as a point guard," he said, "but more of a scoring point guard."

Hanlen, who played for the St. Louis Eagles this summer, also has a history of winning games. In his three-year varsity career, Webster Groves has won 76 of 88 games and three consecutive conference championships.

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